Trump wants to hold G7 summit in Washington

Trump wants to hold G7 summit in Washington

Trump wants to hold G7 summit in Washington

Why it matters: A White House official told Axios then that the virtual move would allow more "resources to be devoted to the urgent needs of each country" because "each nation was preparing to spend large amounts of money and devoted dozens of staff" to the summit. And after Trump raised the idea on Twitter on Wednesday morning, the other leaders did not rush to confirm their attendance, saying instead they would wait to see what safety precautions were in place before deciding.

In a bid to return to normalcy, United States President Donald Trump tweeted that he is "considering re-scheduling the G7" meeting around 10-12 June in "Washington DC, at the legendary Camp David".

The other G-7 members are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as the European Union. "It would be a great sign to all - normalization!"

"Hosting arrangements for the G7 are a matter for the country that holds the current G7 presidency", a representative for the British government said.

In his reaction, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at his daily briefing, stated that he was open to discussing an in-person meeting.

The White House announced in March that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the June meeting of the seven major industrial nations - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan along with the USA - would be held by video conference instead of at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the mountains of rural Maryland. "We'll certainly take a look at what the U.S. is proposing as host of the G7 to see what kind of measures will be in place to keep people safe, what kind of recommendations the experts are giving in terms of how that might function".

"Whatever form the G-7 meeting takes, whether it's a video conference or otherwise, I will definitely fight for multi-lateralism, that's very clear, both in the G-7 and the G-20", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We're in close contact with the United States in the run-up to the summit".

"We're going to need to keep talking about not just how we get through this COVID-19 pandemic, but how we restore the global economy to its rightful activities", Trudeau said. Europeans and Canadians are now unable to travel to the United States as a result of a ban imposed by the Trump administration in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.

Early this year, Trump first floated the idea of holding the summit at his golf resort in Miami, provoking criticism of self-dealing and security concerns. Trump has not left the country since his late-February trip to India and last received foreign dignitaries at the White House in mid-March.

"It looks like the G7 will be on", he told reporters.

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