“No bedbugs at Doral,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing that the perfectly located (for the next G-7) Doral National MIAMI was under consideration for the next G-7, spread that false and nasty rumor. Not nice!”
The president was speaking out after an old lawsuit resurfaced. In 2016, Eric Linder sued Doral, claiming that he woke up to find he was covered in “welts, lumps and marks over much of his face, neck, arms and torso," according to the complaint.
He further claimed the resort had a “a history of severe bedbug infestation," the complaint states. The resort denied all the allegations. It reportedly settled the suit brought by Linder.
The tweet came just a day after he talked up the resort as a possible location for next year's G-7 summit, prompting critics to claim in turn that Trump is looking to cash in on his presidency.
Even prominent Republicans questioned the president.
"This is one of the things that I sort of scratch my head and wonder why the president does not see the conflicts of interests and, again, I am disappointed that he even brought it up and I hope it is the last that we hear from it," former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said on CNN.
But Trump says he's not interested in making money, claiming he's actually losing it as president.
“I used to get paid to give speeches," Trump said at a new conference Monday. "Now I give speeches all the time. You know what I get? Zippo.”
Of the suggestion that Doral play host to world leaders for next year's G-7, he added, "My people wanted it. From my standpoint, I’m not going to make any money."
The property has reportedly been struggling financially since Trump took office. According to The Washington Post, Doral's net income has dropped by 69% in the last two years.