Trump says G7 summit could happen in person at Camp David

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2020

He also said, "The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK".

"It would be a great sign to all - normalization!", the U.S. president wrote, calling for his counterparts from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan to fly in for the event.

Still, Trump is determined to signal a return to normal and resuscitate the battered economy. Trump tweeted. His spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany later told reporters that a face-to-face summit would be a "show of strength and optimism" where leaders would "pursue business as usual as we move forward through this pandemic".

With the USA scheduled to play host to the annual G7 this year, the administration's original plan to host the gathering at the Trump-owned Doral golf resort in Miami was abandoned last fall after critics accused the president of seeking to profit off the meeting.

In the midst of his reelection campaign, Trump has tried to divert criticism of the administration's response to the pandemic to China, where the novel coronavirus emerged. Trump didn't say whether he wants to set a new date or hold the in-person meeting at that time.

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By all accounts, a visit to the United States - the country with the world's highest number of virus cases and deaths - is an uncomfortable prospect for world leaders, especially because they have cautioned their own citizens to stay home.

A French diplomatic source said later that Macron "is prepared to travel to Camp David" health conditions permitting, and Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, seemed to be open to the idea. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would "wait and see what happens". "I chose my words wisely". Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who hosted the 2018 summit, said any in-person gathering would have to prioritize safety. None of the world leaders have rejected the idea so far. "We'll 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".

Japan's top government spokesman said Thursday that the country is considering attending the Group of Seven summit meeting, if the USA reschedules the canceled gathering.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's considering holding a meeting in the US with the leaders of the world's major economies after all because it would be a "great sign to all" of things returning to normal during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We're going to have it probably at the White House, maybe a little combination of Camp David, but primarily at the White House", stated the president.

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