On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the White House announced that the meeting of the world’s most powerful group, G7, which is scheduled to be held at Camp David in June 2020, would be canceled due to dangerous coronavirus effects worldwide. Government officials claimed that the Trump administration would suspend the in-person meeting of G7 and would be conducted through video-conference instead.
Video-Conference G7 Meeting
The high-profile diplomatic gathering of G7, which included countries such as the US, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, and Britain, set to hold in June would be postponed. A White House spokesman, Judd Deere, said in a statement that US President, Donald Trump would host the Group of 7 summit and leaders would be communicated “via video teleconference in April and May just as he did this week.”
White House economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, who also serves as Trump’s G7 “sherpa,” has informed the latest news to other leaders of the G7. Deere told Reuters in a statement, “In order for each country to focus all of its resources on responding to the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 and at President Trump’s direction, National Economic Council Director and US Sherpa for the 2020 G7 Larry Kudlow has informed his Sherpa colleagues that the G7 Leaders’ Summit the U.S. was set to host in June at Camp David will now be done by video-teleconference.”
The latest move of the White House was announced since the virus outbreak, having a slowdown in some countries, has affected all country members of the G7 and the rate of the virus infection cases tremendously increased in the US. Analysts described that the Trump administration wanted to focus on the economy in the G7 summit, which was normally dominated by traditional issues including climate change.
Coordination to Fight the Virus
Among the four European countries in the G7 memberships, Italy has been widely affected by the virus epidemic and with the increasing rate of the virus cases in Europe, Trump had earlier put a ban on European travelers to the US. Recently, Europe has become the epicenter of the virus epidemic.
Italy, which has reached more than 41,000 cases of the virus infection, has exceeded China in death rate since the total number of deaths in Italy has crossed to 3,405 on Thursday. Last week, the French government issued an order its citizens to stay indoors for the next 15 days while the European Union (EU) officials applied the shutdown of nonessential travel for 30 days.
This week, Trump convened a teleconference with the leaders of the G7 and they, during the meeting, had promised to coordinate their efforts on public health issues and its measures as well as to restore the faith of the consumers within the group.
Referring to the prevailing threats of the virus outbreak, the officials of the Group said in a joint statement, “We, the leaders of the Group of 7, acknowledge that the Covid-19 pandemic is a human tragedy and a global health crisis, which also poses major risks for the world economy.” The joint statement further read, “We are committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure a strong global response through closer cooperation and enhanced coordination of our efforts.”
According to Deere, Trump spoke with his France counterparts, President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, who claimed that “two leaders agreed to continue close cooperation on resolving the pandemic and minimizing its economic impact, in coordination with the G7 and other international partners.”
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