Trump to decide on hosting G7 summit in person in coming days

Trump to decide on hosting G7 summit in person in coming days

US President Donald Trump says he has launched discussions on reviving a face-to-face meeting with leaders of the Group of Seven major economies. And after Trump raised the idea on Twitter on Wednesday morning, the other leaders did not rush to confirm their attendance, saying instead they would wait to see what safety precautions were in place before deciding.

"Now that our country is 'Transitioning back to Greatness, ' I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, DC, at the legendary Camp David", Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

The other G-7 members are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as the European Union.

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.

But one G7 official, speaking on background, said it was "way too soon" to contemplate, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, while more diplomatic, sounded skeptical.

Macron's office said in a statement that "given the importance of the G7 in the response to the crisis, the President is willing to go to Camp David, if the health conditions allow it".

In March, the Republican president cancelled the physical summit scheduled for June, moving to a video conference as nations grappled with the shutdown of global travel and multiple closures to fight the outbreak.

US President Donald Trump said Thursday a possible in-person G7 meeting in June would "primarily" occur at the White House with the possibility of events held at a nearby presidential retreat. "Whether as a video conference or otherwise, I will definitely fight for multilateralism", she said. World leader summits like the G7 typically involve hundreds of officials, support staff and elaborate security.

"We need to keep meeting as leaders".

"We'll certainly take a look at what the USA is proposing as host of the G7 to see what kind of measures will be in place to keep people safe", he said. Trump has not left the country since his late-February trip to India and last received foreign dignitaries at the White House in mid-March. The United States also now maintains bans on flights to the country from Europe and Britain. Restrictions are now in place for travellers from Europe, home to four of the G7 nations, and earlier this week the United States and Canada agreed to keep their shared border closed to non-essential travel until June 21.

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