Ahead of the upcoming G7 summit in Camp David, United States, President Donald Trump has indicated that he would prefer a physical meeting rather than a teleconferencing session.
President Trump, in March, cancelled the in-person meeting of the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and the U.S, which was scheduled for June at Camp David in the US state of Maryland, due to the continuous spread the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using his slogan for easing lockdowns, Mr Trump said in a tweet:
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.
The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all – normalisation!
World leaders have, however, started to cautiously weigh in on the proposal, following the president’s tweet.
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, during his daily news conference, said he was open to discussing an in-person meeting, while French leader, Emmanual Macron, said he would travel to the U.S as long as proper health precautions are in place.
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, dodged questions as to whether she would attend the G7 summit in person.
No matter whether in the form of a video conference or otherwise, I will definitely fight for multi-lateralism.
The U.S President had originally planned for the summit to be at his private golf resort in Florida. After facing a backlash, he switched the location to the government-owned Camp David compound near Washington DC.
According to White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump wants the meeting to hold in June as previously scheduled and in person.
Mr McEnany, during a news conference, said:
America is reopening, the world’s reopening.
What a show of strength and optimism to have all of the leaders of these countries come together at the White House and pursue business as usual as we move forward through this pandemic.