“I’m postponing it because I don’t feel like the G7 presents what’s probably happening in the world. It’s a very old group of countries,” Trump told Air Force One passenger reporters on Saturday.
The G7 is made up of the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan.
Alyssa Farah, the White House’s director of strategic communications, said the president wants to bring together people affected by the coronavirus and talk about China’s future, along with five other traditional allies, including the five-nation country.
The president recently said he planned to hold the G7 in person later next month, but faced mixed and uncertain reactions from other G7 leaders about attending the summit in person amid the epidemic.
“The chancellor thanked President Trump for inviting him to the G7 summit in Washington at the end of June,” a spokeswoman for Merkel said in a statement.
“As of today, considering the overall epidemic situation, he cannot confirm his personal participation, that is, a visit to Washington,” the spokesman added.
Other world leaders were also insane about Trump’s proposed G7 summit.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that he could not personally promise to attend the proposed G7 meeting because of concerns about the virus infection and Canada’s isolation rules.
“We have significant health care systems in place to keep it personal, but in ideal circumstances there is no question that a person-meeting is much more effective than virtual meetings,” he said.
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Trump on Thursday. According to a readout of the White House call, the two leaders “personally agreed on the importance of the G7 call in the near future.” The White House did not say whether Macron was personally committed.
CNN’s Nadine Schmidt, Laura Smith-Spark, Paula Newton, Kevin Liptuck and Nikki Carvajal contributed to this report.