Merkel declines Trump's G-7 invitation, citing coronavirus travel concerns

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One to depart for Washington after visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the SpaceX launch Saturday.

The Kremlin has "more questions than answers" about Donald Trump's proposal to invite Russia to a Group of Seven summit later this year, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a day after the US president raised the idea with his Russian counterpart in a phone call.

Trump said he does not "feel that as a G-7 it properly represents what's going on in the world", calling it a "very outdated group of countries". This year Trump is head of the group of the world's major industrialized countries - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Donald Trump wants Australia at rescheduled G7 summit

Alyssa Farah, White House director of strategic communications, said that Trump wanted to bring in some of the country's traditional allies and those impacted by the coronavirus to discuss the future of China. He named Russia, South Korea, Australia and India as potential invitees to this year's gathering. The group´s presidency rotates annually among member countries. "So, it might be a G10, G11, and it could be after the election is over", he said, keeping the scheduling issue flexible and open-ended.

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Trump said that he would delay the G7 summit scheduled to take place in June and invite other countries, including India and Russian Federation to join the meeting. The Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance is comprised of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the United States.

Or it might be after the Nov 3 election, Mr Trump suggested.

Russian Federation still holds the annexed territory and various G7 governments have rebuffed previous calls from Trump to readmit Moscow.

The G7 - or Group of Seven - leaders were scheduled to meet by videoconference in June in response to Covid-19.

Trump, who previously suggested hosting the summit at Camp David in June, said the meeting will be postponed until September.

"The Chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit in Washington at the end of June", Merkel's spokesperson said in a statement.

TASS quoted the White House press pool, saying of Trump, "He made some news-which he permitted us to use on the record-about the G7".

Trump created suspense just over a week ago, however, when he announced that he might hold the huge gathering in-person after all, "primarily at the White House" but also potentially parts of it at Camp David. "She will continue to monitor further developments of the pandemic".

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