Trump says G7 summit likely to take place 'primarily' at White House
May 23 2020
Arranging a summit in a month's time would be a challenge, officials said. 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.
Trump on Wednesday tweeted, "I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date".
"It would be a great sign to all - normalization!", the USA president wrote, calling for his counterparts from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan to fly in for the event.
However the United States president raised the prospect of an in-person meeting in a tweet on Wednesday, arguing the huge diplomatic gathering would provide a show of strength when world economies are gradually reemerging from shutdowns.
The spokesman for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has recovered from a serious bout of COVID-19 himself, said authorities were in "close contact" with the United States in the lead-up to the summit, adding they would also need to look at details of the proposals first.
Macron's office said in a statement that "given the importance of the G7 in the response to the crisis, the President is willing to go to Camp David, if the health conditions allow it".
Trump had scheduled the G-7 summit for June 10-12 at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.
"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. On Thursday, he said it appears the annual meeting with world leaders is still on.
But Trump is open to revisiting that decision, arguing it would be a great sign of progress in fighting the coronavirus.
"We need to keep meeting as leaders". The United States also now maintains bans on flights to the country from Europe and Britain.
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.
"If we do the G7, when that all comes together, probably it will be in D.C.at the White House", Trump told reporters using a nickname for the United States capital.
Speaking on Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would look at what measures the U.S. was proposing to keep people safe and compare this with expert advice.