US President Donald Trump has stated he might search to revive a face-to-face assembly of G7 leaders close to Washington, DC, after earlier cancelling the in-person gathering of world leaders due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am considering rescheduling the G7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, DC, at the legendary Camp David,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all – normalization!”
In March, the Republican US president had cancelled the bodily summit scheduled for June, shifting the gathering to a video convention as nations grappled with the shutdown of worldwide journey and a number of US closures amid the pandemic.
The leaders’ April and Could discussions had been additionally moved to teleconference.
However in a tweet, Trump stated holding an in-person summit can be a logo of the US and different nations looking for to return to regular, one thing the president has urged ought to occur rapidly regardless of considerations from public well being consultants.
Now that our Nation is “Transitioning back to Greatness”, I’m contemplating rescheduling the G-7, on the identical or related date, in Washington, D.C., on the legendary Camp David. The opposite members are additionally starting their COMEBACK. It could be an amazing signal to all – normalization!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
Requested about Trump’s suggestion throughout a information convention in Ottawa on Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated he would take a look at any US plans to alter the assembly format and what measures can be taken to maintain attendees protected, however declined to endorse the thought. “There are lots of discussions to come,” Trudeau stated.
The US holds the G7′s rotating presidency this 12 months and will get to find out the place the assembly is held and set the agenda. Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan are the opposite members.
Trump initially deliberate to carry the annual summit at his non-public golf course close to Miami. However he switched the venue to Camp David, which he visited final weekend and which is run by the US navy, after a public outcry over holding it at one among his money-making properties.
All 50 US states have sought to reopen at the least partially as of Wednesday, though the nation’s capital and its surrounding suburbs stay largely shuttered. Camp David is positioned about an hour’s drive north of Washington, DC in Thurmont, Maryland.
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