WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump denied Tuesday that there were bedbugs at his private golf resort near Miami, a day after he suggested that his property was a leading contender to host the G-7 summit next year.
"No bedbugs at Doral," Trump wrote in a Tuesday tweet. "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!"
Trump said Monday that Trump National Doral Miami, a golf resort and hotel, was being considered as a location for next year's G-7 conference, which the U.S. is hosting.
"We haven’t found anything else close to competing with it," he said, touting the location of the resort and it's "incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants." The property is near Miami International Airport.
"It's like – it's like such a natural," he said of his resort.
No bedbugs at Doral. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2019
Shortly after Trump's comments, #TrumpBedBugs began trending on Twitter and a report of lawsuit resurfaced in which a traveler sued the property for bedbugs.
The Doral resort was sued by Eric Linder, a guest at the hotel, in July 2016, according to the Miami Herald. Linder claimed that during a March 2016 trip he woke up with dozens of bites after staying at the Jack Nicklaus villa. The lawsuit was settled in January 2017.
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In addition, the Doral property had 524 health-code violations between 2013 to 2018, the Daily Beast reported. Inspectors in 2015 found “approximately 20-25 live roaches... on the walls, baseboards and floors in the kitchen food prep area and behind a utensil table inside a wall crack," according to the report. Between 20 and 30 small flying insects were also living in the kitchen and dishwasher room.
At the time, it was recommended that the state issue an emergency order and temporarily close the kitchen at the property. However, it is unclear whether the kitchen was actually shut down, the Daily Beast reported.
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