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Bedbug victim 'outraged' as Trump blames 'radical Left Democrats' for spreading rumors about his Miami resort

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/27/2019 By Chris Sommerfeldt and Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News
a large tree in a park: Trump National Doral resort in Doral, Fla. © Emily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS Trump National Doral resort in Doral, Fla.

A New Jersey insurance executive who sued and then settled over an itchy infestation at the “spectacular” resort where President Donald Trump hopes to host world leaders next year said Tuesday he’s “outraged” by the president’s attempt to deny bedbug reports.

Eric Linder is bound by a confidentiality agreement not to discuss the settlement of his 2016 lawsuit — but he was plenty unhappy with the president’s tweet earlier in the day deriding bedbug claims about his Trump National Doral resort outside Miami.

“I’m outraged by it,” Linder, 66, who lives in Fort Lee, told the New York Daily News.

Trump’s morning tweet claimed there are “no bedbugs at Doral” and charged “Radical Left Democrats” had “spread that false and nasty rumor” after he proposed Monday hosting the 2020 G-7 summit at the resort.

“Not nice!” the president added.

The hashtag #TrumpBedBugs was trending on Twitter Monday night, as critics shared reports of Linder’s suit in light of the president’s Doral proposal.

As part of his lawsuit, Linder demanded $15,000 in damages from Trump after being subjected to bedbug bites causing “welts, lumps and marks over much of his face, neck, arms and torso.”

The details of his settlement with the Trump club have never been publicly released, and Linder declined to get into the matter while speaking with The News, saying the matter was “confidential.”

A Trump Organization spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.

Trump had already sparked discomfort among even his closest allies with his bizarre effort to host the next G-7 summit at his own hotel.

Conservative Rick Santorum, a former GOP presidential candidate who was at one point in the running to become Trump’s chief of staff, said the president should “just stop” trying to use the White House to steer business to his properties.

“It’s inappropriate. He shouldn’t do it,” Santorum said on CNN.

Trump stunned world leaders by using the internationally televised stage at this year’s G7 in Biarritz, France, on Monday to tout his struggling resort as an “outstanding” spot for next year’s summit.

Out of all the possible summit locales in the U.S., Trump claimed his resort would be the best because of its proximity to Miami’s airport and “spectacular” bungalows. He claimed that government experts had agreed with his opinion after reviewing several options, which he did not name.

Ethics experts call it a blatant violation of conflict of interest rules for the president to steer the G-7 to his own hotel. The Doral resort has seen revenue plunge as some travelers shun the controversial Trump brand.

Trump already faces a pair of lawsuits accusing him of violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bars presidents from taking payments from foreign leaders or governments.

Unlike past presidents, Trump has maintained ownership of his business empire, although he claims his sons handle the day-to-day operations.

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