US President Donald Trump has been telling people in his inner circle over the past few weeks that he doesn’t want to go to the G7 summit in French Biarritz. The head of the United States pointed out that after two such meetings in 2017 and 2018, he concluded that the G7 summits were a waste of time.
The channel points out that such statements trump made in conversations with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron, who in turn tried to convince the American leader.
According to Trump, the summit with the participation of the leaders of several countries is less useful than bilateral talks, where, according to the American President, we can talk about specific things, and not about the problems, for example, global warming, which he is not very interested in.
CNN indicates that because of Trump’s doubts, his entourage was prepared for him by private conversations with individual managers. In particular, the American President will hold a meeting with the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The history of the G-7 summits dates back to 1973, when, on the initiative of the US, the Finance Ministers of the five countries (the US, Britain, France, Germany, and Japan) agreed to meet to discuss the global energy crisis. The format of the meetings changed several times, and a full-fledged G-7 was formed in 1976 when the leaders of Italy and Canada came to Puerto Rico.
Since 1997, the G7 has transformed into the G8, when Russian President Boris Yeltsin first arrived in American Denver. The return to the format of the G-7 occurred in 2014 when after the annexation of the Crimea to Russia, world leaders refused to come to Sochi and gathered without Vladimir Putin in Brussels.