President Donald Trump has scrapped the high-profile event in-person G7 summit set to be held in the US in the middle of this year and the summit will hold through video-conference due to the corona-virus crisis.
“According to President Trump’s direction, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow has informed his foreign colleagues that the G7 Leaders’ Summit the U.S. was set to host in June at Camp David will cancel and the summit will hold through video-teleconference,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement yesterday.
“The White House also informed the other G7 members that to continue close coordination, the President will convene the Leaders’ via video teleconference in April and May just as he did this week.”
The decision was informed in the context of many countries close the coordination and restrict traveling to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The video discussions are scheduled for April and May, similar to the meeting between Trump and G7 leaders that held in the early of this week.
“This measure also helps each country to focus all of its resources on responding to the health and economic challenges of COVID-19”, White House officials said. The decision was made in accordance with measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus because countries often send large delegations to the G7 summit, along with many reporters from countries around the world.
The group of developed industrial countries G7 is made up of the United States, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Britain. Trump initially planned to host the leaders’ group at his resort in Florida but he moved to Camp David later after criticism that he would profit financially from the meeting.
The Covid-19 appeared in 179 countries and territories after it spreads in Wuhan in December 2019, causing nearly 245,000 people infected, over 10,000 dead and over 87,000 recovering. G7 countries are in crisis when the number of nCoV infections and deaths increases rapidly. The United States has recorded nearly 14,000 people infected with Covid-19, doubling in just two days, of which over 200 people have died.