PortandTerminal.com, May 30, 2020
Trump reportedly ‘furious’ that Germany’s Angela Merkel turned down his G7 Summit invitation over coronavirus concerns. Will other G7 leaders attend?
BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly refused Donald Trump’s invite to attend a G7 summit in Washington. The US president is pushing for an in-person event as member countries ease coronavirus restrictions.
Merkel has said that it is too soon for inperson gatherings of this type and said that she won’t attend Trump’s G7 ‘unless pandemic changes’.
After cancelling the G7 summit, originally scheduled for 10 to 12 June at Camp David, the president said a week ago that he was considering rescheduling an in-person meeting of world leaders because it would be a “great sign to all” of things returning to normal during the pandemic.
Trump was reportedly “furious over Merkel’s reluctance to attend the summit,” Politico reported.
Who will attend in person and who won’t?
Now the quesion is will the meeting go ahead without her there in person and if it does, which other leaders will and will not attend?
Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau was asked whether or not he would attend a G7 meeting in person during a press conference this week. Trudeau, who has already undergone one round of quarantining when his wife Sophie contracted COVID-19, said that there are “many questions to answer before we can commit to showing up”.
Similarly, French President Emmanuel Macron has said that he is open to travelling to the United States for an in-person meeting of G7 leaders if the coronavirus pandemic allows it.
Boris Johnson, who very narrowly almost lost his life to COVID-19, has said that he will attend a G7 meeting in person.
Other G7 leaders will be asked for their confirmation about in-person attendance as well. The only certainty is that the respected Angela Merkel’s refusal to attended in person will make it easier for other leaders to say “no” as well.
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