President Trump has canceled the in-person Group of Seven summit scheduled for June at Camp David due to the coronavirus pandemic, deciding instead to hold the annual meeting by videoconference, the White House said Thursday.
“In order for each country to focus all of its resources on responding to the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 and at President Trump’s direction, National Economic Council Director and U.S. Sherpa for the 2020 G7 Larry Kudlow has informed his Sherpa colleagues that the G7 Leaders’ Summit the U.S. was set to host in June at Camp David will now be done by video-teleconference,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.
Trump, who participated in a videoconference with the heads of the world’s leading economies earlier this week to coordinate efforts on the pandemic, plans to convene similar meetings in April and May, Deere said.
The G-7 is composed of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, and the countries rotate hosting duties. The White House said last year that Trump would host the summit at one of his properties, Trump National Doral near Miami, but abruptly changed course amid criticism, including some from his own party, of a conflict of interest.
The decision to cancel an in-person summit at the president retreat in Maryland comes the same day as the Trump administration issued the most severe travel warning available, advising Americans not to go abroad as the virus spreads. Traveling for the summit also would have consumed significant resources and staff of the seven countries.
Source : The Washington Post