The hashtag #BedBugSummit trended on Twitter Friday after users surfaced past infestations of bed bugs at President Trump’s golf resort in Doral, Florida. The news resurfaced in the wake of Trump’s decision to hold the Group of 7 (G7) summit at his property next summer.
Just 24 hours after White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced to reporters that the 2020 G-7 summit would take place at Trump National Doral, nearly 30,000 tweets had been sent using the hashtag.
Holly Figueroa O’Reilly, a songwriter and founder of the Blue Wave Crowdsource, tweeted a January 2017 Miami Herald article covering a lawsuit against Trump Doral over bedbugs titled, “Trump Doral settles lawsuit over biting bedbugs.”
“Bring the leaders of the free world to Doral, he said. What could go wrong, he said,” she tweeted.
Bring the leaders of the free world to Doral, he said.
What could go wrong, he said.
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 18, 2019
According to the Miami Herald:
White smoke over President Donald Trump’s Trump National Doral Miami golf resort! The scandal of the luxury resort’s bed bugs is about to go away.
In a bit of good news for the new president, court records show his attorneys in Miami have reached a tentative settlement with a business traveler who sued the resort after his back, face and arms were devoured by voracious bed bugs at the revamped resort.
In a terse one-page report just slipped into the court file, court-appointed mediator Frank Allocca filed a notice that reads “an agreement was reached.” There were no details on what will likely be a confidential deal. New Jersey insurance executive Eric Linder, who woke up from a night’s sleep at the resort in March 2016 with dozens of bites, didn’t return calls for comment. Neither did his lawyer nor Trump’s local lawyer.
Linder filed suit in July 2017 along with photos of his back and neck riddled with red blotches after he slept at the resort’s $300-a-night Jack Nicklaus-themed villa, reports the Herald.
Linder, according to Doral’s response, “conducted himself so carelessly and negligently that his conduct was the sole proximate cause or contributing cause” to the bugs covering his body.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) tweeted that the “#BedBugSummit is a clear violation of the emoluments clause” of the Constitution.
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) October 18, 2019
Other Twitter users knocked Trump for selecting his own property for the event, a potential violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.
I’m picturing the G-7 world leaders all scratching their bed bug bites while trying to pose for official photos at the #BedBugSummit.
— Svea Elske (@SveaElske) October 18, 2019
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) October 18, 2019