Donald Trump cancels the G7 member of state and government chiefs meeting scheduled at Camp David in June due to coronavirus pandemic and replaces it with video conference, White House announced.
The US president attended a video conference with the other leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) most industrialized countries earlier this week and expects others in April, May, and June, the White House said on Thursday.
His chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow informed his counterparts about this decision.
“So that every country can concentrate all its resources on responding to the health and economic challenges of covid-19 and at the decision of President Donald Trump, the director of the National Economic Council (NSC) and the US sheriff for the 2020 G7 Larry Kudlow informed. sherpa colleagues that the G7 summit that the United States was to host in June at Camp David would be held via video conference, “a spokesman for the US presidency, Judd Deere, said in a statement.
“The White House also informed the other members of the G7 that, to continue close coordination, the president will meet with the leaders by video-conference in April and May, as he did this week,” he said.
Donald Trump initially planned to hold the G7 summit at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida but quit because of criticism about a possible financial gain he could make from the meeting.
The G7 includes the United States, Germany, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, and Japan, but also the European Union (EU).
Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to win the “medical war” against the spread of Coronavirus and urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift all administrative hurdles in approving treatment.
“It’s a medical war, and we have to win it,” the US chief told a White House press conference.
“We must lift all barriers,” he said, promising the rapid availability of chloroquine – an anti-malarial drug that could be effective against covid-19.