Trump Floats Hosting G-7 Summit in US After All

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As the coronavirus pandemic spread, Mr Trump in March cancelled the in-person meeting of the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and the USA, which was scheduled for June at Camp David in the US state of Maryland.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he could restore plans to hold the annual G7 summit in person at his Camp David retreat.

Trump on Wednesday tweeted, "I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date".

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!" he tweeted.

The United States now holds the presidency of the group of the seven industrialised nations which includes France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Japan.

Group of Seven leaders have continued speaking on the phone and are reportedly concerned with China's response to the virus, with Trump telling advisors they are "not happy people", The Post understands. In 2019 it was France. "We need to keep meeting as leaders, whether that's virtual (or) in person", he told reporters. A final decision would be needed in the coming days to ensure adequate time to prepare for the high-level meeting, the official said. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel was cautious, saying she would "wait and see what happens".

The United States now maintains bans on flights to the country from Europe and Britain.

Trump has been pushing to reopen the world's largest economy ahead of the November presidential election, even as health experts warn that moving too quickly to ease social-distancing measures could trigger another outbreak that may be hard to control. The White House insisted there was no conflict of interest in using a Trump family business and claimed there was no equally suitable venue in the country. Trump initially announced in October that he would host the gathering at the Trump National Doral resort near Miami, drawing criticism even from some Republicans that it was inappropriate for him to host a diplomatic event at one of his properties.

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



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