U.S. President Donald Trump said he could try to revive a face-to-face meeting with G7 leaders near Washington, DC, after previously canceling the personal meeting of world leaders because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I'm thinking of rescheduling the G7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, DC, at the legendary Camp David," tweeted Trump. on Wednesday. "The other members are also starting their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign for everyone – normalization!"
In March, the Republican President of the USA canceled the physical summit scheduled for June, transferring the meeting to a videoconference, while the nations faced the closure of international travel and several closings in the US in the middle of the pandemic.
The leaders' discussions in April and May were also moved to the conference call.
But in a tweet, Trump said holding a summit in person would be a symbol of the U.S. and other countries trying to return to normal, something the president urged to happen quickly, despite the concerns of public health experts.
Now that our country is "shifting back to greatness", I am thinking of rescheduling the G-7, on the same or a similar date, in Washington, DC, at the legendary Camp David. The other members are also starting their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign for everyone – normalization!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020Advertisement
Asked about Trump's suggestion during a news conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would consider any US plans to change the format of the meeting and what steps would be taken to keep participants safe, but if refused to support the idea. "There are many discussions to come," said Trudeau.
The United States holds the rotating presidency of the G7 this year and determines where the meeting will be held and will set the agenda. Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan are the other members.
Trump originally planned to hold the annual summit at his private golf course near Miami. But he moved the site to Camp David, which he visited last weekend and which is run by the US armed forces, after a public outcry for keeping him on one of his lucrative properties.
All 50 U.S. states have attempted to reopen at least partially from Wednesday, although the nation's capital and its suburbs are largely closed. Camp David is located about an hour's drive north of Washington, DC, in Thurmont, Maryland.
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