“I am delaying because I don’t feel as a G7, it probably represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very old country group,” Trump told reporters at Air Force One on Saturday.
G7; It consists of the USA, Canada, France, England, Germany, Italy and Japan.
The White House’s strategic communications director, Alyssa Farah, said the President wanted to include those affected by the coronavirus as well as other traditional allies, including the Five Eyes countries, and talk about China’s future.
The president recently said he plans to host the G7 later in the month next month, but other G7 leaders face a confused and vague response to attending the summit in the middle of the pandemic.
“The Chancellor is thanking President Trump for inviting him to the G7 summit in Washington at the end of June,” Merkel’s spokesperson said. Said.
“As of today, given the general pandemic situation, he cannot confirm his personal involvement, a trip to Washington,” the spokesperson said.
Other world leaders are cunning about Trump’s proposed G7 summit.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that he could not attend the proposed G7 meeting in person because of concerns about transmitting the virus and Canada’s quarantine rules.
“There are significant health problems in keeping him personally, but in an ideal situation, there is no question that face-to-face meeting is much more effective than even virtual meetings.” Said.
French President Emmanuel Macron met with Trump on Thursday. According to the White House call, the two leaders “agreed on the importance of collecting the G7 in the near future”. However, the White House did not say whether Macron personally committed to participate.
CNN’s Nadine Schmidt, Laura Smith-Spark, Paula Newton, Kevin Liptak and Nikki Carvajal contributed to this report.
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