Merkel Says no to Trump for G7
Angela Merkel refuses to go in person to a G7 summit in the United States in June, as proposed by US President Donald Trump, because of the coronavirus pandemic, said the spokeswoman for the German Chancellor, Friday on the Politico website.
“To date, given the general situation of the pandemic, it cannot accept participation in person, a trip to Washington,” spokesman for the German government, Steffen Seibert, told American online media.
“The Federal Chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit,” he added.
Ms. Merkel, a scientist by training, is the first G7 leader (Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy) to formally decline this invitation.
The age of 65-year-old Merkel, who is also that of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, puts her at higher than average risk compared to the Covid-19 epidemic. The United States is the first victim in the world (more than 100,000 dead and 1.7 million cases of contamination).
The White House had initially announced in mid-March that it was giving up, because of the epidemic, to reunite in person the heads of state and government of the G7 and preferred to stick to a format by videoconference.
But last week, Donald Trump announced a summit to be held in June “primarily in the White House,” although meetings could be held in the presidential residence of Camp David, in neighboring Maryland.
Earlier on Friday, the White House said US President and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, himself a coronavirus survivor, spoke to each other and “agreed on the importance of bringing a G7 together with leaders in person in the near future. ”
The initial reactions of G7 leaders to Trump’s proposal had been cautious. French President Emmanuel Macron or that of the European Council, Charles Michel, said they were ready to participate “if health conditions allow it”.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed the importance of studying “the recommendations of the experts”.
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Angela Merkel refuses to go in person to a G7 summit in the United States in June, as proposed by US President Donald Trump.