Donald Trump cancels G7 meeting and will hold video conference instead

The US President has called of June’s meeting of G7 leaders at Camp David due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of meeting in person Donald Trump says he will hold a video conference instead. It comes as nations across the world are enforcing travel bans and closing their borders to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

The POTUS chatted online with leaders of the world’s advanced economies earlier this week and plans to do the same in April, May and then in June, when the physical meeting at the presidential retreat in Maryland was due to take place.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who serves as Trump’s G7 ‘sherpa’, has informed his counterparts about the decision. A spokesperson for the Oval Office said it would allow each country to ‘focus all of its resources on responding to the health and economic challenges of Covid-19’.

Trump had intended to focus the G7 meeting on the economy, eschewing traditional topics that often top the agenda such as climate change. He initially planned to host the leaders’ group at one of his properties in Florida but cancelled those plans after criticism that he would profit financially from the meeting.

The G7 is made up of the United States, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Britain as well as the European Union. Trump irritated Europe by instituting a travel ban on its citizens without first alerting European leaders.

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