The president said he plans to invite Russia, Australia, South Korea and India to an upcoming meeting of the Group of 7 nations, which he's postponed to the fall.
The president blamed Democrats and the media after he canceled his plans to host the G-7 summit at his personal property.
President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for forcing him to move next year’s G-7 summit from his resort in Doral, Florida, but now reports say Republicans were souring on the idea.
The acting chief of staff defended the president wanting to host the G-7 summit at his private Florida estate despite ethics concerns.
“Blam! NEVER doubt that the public’s efforts to hold this corrupt administration accountable is worth all the effort," tweeted former ethics chief Walter Shaub.
"And that’s exactly what he wants," said Walter Shaub, the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
"It is blatant and corrupt self-dealing by the president," the newspaper's board wrote in a new opinion piece.
Awarding himself the multimillion-dollar G-7 contract clearly violates federal law, former prosecutors say, but Trump can't be prosecuted as president.
Sens. Sherrod Brown, Ron Wyden and Gary Peters called the decision "another outrageous example" of presidential misconduct.
"I just think it’s another day in the life of Washington, D.C., these days," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said.