This decision was made in the interests of fighting the spread of the coronavirus.
In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump will cancel the G7 leaders’ summit scheduled for June at the Camp David residence and instead hold a video conference, according to the White House.
The decision comes as countries around the world are closing borders and imposing travel restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
Earlier this week, Trump already held a video conference with G7 leaders and plans to repeat this experience in April, May and June, when the summit was due to be held in Maryland.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who also serves as a “Sherpa” for the G7, has already informed colleagues of this decision.
“In order for each country to focus all its resources on fighting health and economic problems due to COVID-19, and on behalf of President Trump, the Director of the National Economic Council and the US Sherpa for the G7-2020 summit, Larry Kudlow, informed his Sherpa colleagues that the G7 leaders’ summit, which was to be held in June at the Camp David residence, will now be held in a video conference format,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
“The White House has also notified other G7 members that in order to continue working closely, the President will hold a teleconference with other leaders in April and May, as was done this week,” he added.
The White House considers this measure part of efforts to mitigate the effects of the virus.
Usually, large delegations come together with G7 leaders to the summits, and journalists come from all over the world to cover this event.
Trump planned to focus the summit primarily on the economy, leaving out topics such as climate change. Initially, the US leader wanted to hold the summit at one of his resorts in Florida, but later changed his mind after criticism that it would bring him financial benefits.
The “Big seven” includes the United States, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.