Fox News on Trump selecting his own resort for G-7: “The master marketer at work”

Harris Faulkner: “You know, he is the exception to some of the rules, I would imagine”

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Citation From the October 17 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered

MELISSA FRANCIS (FOX BUSINESS CO-ANCHOR): So acting chief of staff for President Trump, Mick Mulvaney, just announcing that the 2020 G-7 will be held at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami, in June. That won't cause any controversy. What do you think? So, you're laughing hysterically.


FRANCIS: It is beautiful, it's near the airport in Miami. Do you think that maybe having the G-7 at his own resort might — he might get a little incoming from the Democrats on that one?

HOLMES: Honestly, I think President Trump does this because he knows his critics will go absolutely crazy.

FRANCIS: He's trolling them, and trying to drive them bananas. And also —

HOLMES: There's no question.

FRANCIS: — say Doral 6,000 times.

HOLMES: No question. I mean one, look, the facility is definitely equipped to handle this event. And so, you know, it should've been qualified no matter what. But —

FRANCIS: "But" — yes —

HOLMES: I think the selection, he knows everybody's going to go absolutely crazy. Right? And he loves that. I mean, he changes the national discussion all the time with this kind of thing. I think that's a perfect example.

LISA BOOTHE (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): I hear it's a beautiful property.

FRANCIS: Harris, the master marketer at work? He's a marketer.

HARRIS FAULKNER (FOX NEWS ANCHOR): He is. I wonder, though, because you talk about some pushback that he might get. So that boundary of running a business and being president. Do you think there's a problem at all?

HOLMES: Yeah — no, look, I think the optics issues — this president has never been concerned about what your conventional wisdom reaction would be to these kind of things. He just isn't, right? Would I be concerned, yeah. I wouldn't want that.

FAULKNER: What would your concern be?

HOLMES: Just the optics of having your name on the door and having and some kind of an official business is tough. I mean, it's just a really difficult thing to do. But his point, which I think is a pretty good one, is let's just blow through all of this media hand wringing, because that's what we get no matter what.

FAULKNER: You know, he is the exception to some of the rules, I would imagine. I don't know, I didn't write them. But he's got his name on a lot of stuff.

HOLMES: He does.

FAULKNER: I mean, if you look around the world — Turkey is one place, as an example. Licensing to put his name on things.

Correction (10/17/19): The transcript for this video originally attributed the comment “I hear it's a beautiful property” to Johanna Maska. In fact, Lisa Boothe spoke the line in question.