Trump: Rescheduled G7 summit to take place ‘primarily at the White House’

According to TIME magazine, the Group of Seven (G7) summit is a major international event in which leaders from the world’s seven biggest economies converge on one location for an annual meeting.

But while the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into many gatherings, President Donald Trump seems determined not to let it stop the meeting of global economic powers from taking place, as Fox News reported.

“Now that our Country is ‘Transitioning back to Greatness’, I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, D.C., at the legendary Camp David,” the president said in a tweet on Wednesday.

He went on: “The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all — normalization!”

Split venue floated

Fox News quoted Trump as telling reporters on the following day that the summit would most likely be held “at the White House and maybe a little bit at Camp David, but primarily at the White House.”

The network also reported: “If the summit happens, the U.S. would request that delegations be pared back to minimum personnel and would curtail nonessential events like the spousal program.”

According to an anonymous official who spoke with Fox, “A final decision would be needed in the coming days to ensure adequate time to prepare for the high-level meeting.”

Reactions mixed

It remains uncertain whether other members of the G7 are on board with the president’s plan.

According to a report from the Associated Press shared by TIME, a representative for French President Emmanuel Macron said 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.”

Macron’s preference for attending a function at Camp David could stem from the belief that it will be easier to maintain social distance there than it would be in the closer confines of the White House.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also signaled her interest in moving forward, stating, “Whatever form the G7 meeting takes, whether it’s a video conference or otherwise, I will definitely fight for multilateralism, that’s very clear, both in the G7 and the G20,” as the AP reported.

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sounded somewhat less committed to the prospect of an in-person G7 summit, remarking, according to the AP: “We need to keep meeting as leaders. Whether that’s virtual or in person, we will 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.”

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