Merkel refused to come to Washington for the G7 summit in a full-time format

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not take part in the face-to-face summit of the Group of Seven (G7) leaders in June. This was reported to the newspaper Politico by the official representative of the German Cabinet Steffen Seibert.

“The Federal Chancellor thanked the President [of the USA Donald] Trump’s invitation to the G7 summit in late June in Washington. Today, given the general situation with the [coronavirus] pandemic, she cannot agree to be present in person, to travel to Washington,” the politician said. “Of course, it will continue to monitor the development of the pandemic.”

According to the newspaper, citing a senior American official, earlier this week, during a telephone conversation, the US President and the German Chancellor had a heated argument about NATO, relations with China, and the implementation of the “Nord stream-2” project.

White House press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday that the US expects to hold the G7 summit near the end of June in a face-to-face format. Last week, Trump said that the meeting would most likely take place at the White house. Before that, he said that he was considering holding a meeting at his country residence in camp David. On March 20, it was announced that Trump had decided to cancel the June meeting of G7 leaders at Camp David due to the pandemic, and instead, the summit was scheduled to be held via videoconference.