US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone seven summits of the seven groups as he expected next month’s session in September or the following month and would expand the list of invitees to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India.
Speaking to reporters at Air Force One on his way back to Washington from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Trump said the G7, whose members are the world’s most developed economies, is an “extremely old country” in its current format.
‘I don’t think the G7 accurately represents what’s happening in the world.’
Trump said, “I’m postponing it because I don’t think the G7 accurately represents what’s happening in the world.” It is unclear whether Trump’s desire to invite additional countries was a permanent G7 expansion effort. On several previous occasions, he suggested that Russia be included in what he described as Moscow’s global strategic importance.
White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said Trump wants countries to discuss China at the summit.
Trump has attacked Beijing over its handling of the coronavirus epidemic that began in China, and on Friday instructed his administration to begin the process of ending special U.S. treatment to avenge the decision to impose new protection laws against the United States for Hong Kong. British colonies.
The decision to postpone the G7 summit is a retreat for Trump, who tried to host a group of large industrialized nations in Washington that the United States was returning to normal after the coronavirus epidemic, which killed more than 103,000 Americans to date.
Trump canceled a private G7 meeting scheduled for March as the virus spread but recently tried to recover it.
According to the White House, French President Emmanuel Macron personally supported the idea of a meeting, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected it, saying he had asked too many health questions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will not be able to attend earlier this week.
The G7 is made up of the United States, Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada, as well as the European Union.