French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his willingness to participate in a Group of Seven summit, but he hoped “everyone will attend”, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to go to the United States in June.
And Merkel is the first leader of the G-7 member state to formally announce the refusal to accept the invitation of US President Donald Trump.
Her spokesman said on Saturday that the refusal was caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Macron had a telephone conversation Saturday with the US President, and the French presidency told AFP that “in order to hold a direct summit of the Group of Seven, everyone must attend.
The President of the Republic is ready”.
The presidency stressed “the importance of the presence of the chancellor and the unity of the Europeans”.
“It must be a moment of cohesion and action in a critical international moment.
We expect the US Presidency of the Group of Seven to make clear its intentions”.
The United States is the country worst affected by Covid-19 in terms of both deaths (more than a hundred thousand) and injuries (about 1.7 million).
In the middle of March, the White House announced that it had amended, due to the epidemic, a meeting in the presence of heads of state and government at the presidential residence in Camp David, in the neighboring state of Maryland, indicating that it would prefer it to be conducted via closed-circuit.
But President Donald Trump announced last week that the summit would take place in June “in the largest part of the White House”, although some meetings would take place at Camp David.
Trump hopes to win a second presidential term in the November 3 elections, and for this he wants the G-7 summit, with leaders attending, to become a symbol of the normalization of the situation he so desires most, with the stunting of economic activity whose electoral cost could be very large.
And Friday, the White House announced that Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who fell ill and recovered from it, “agreed on the importance of holding a meeting of the Group of Seven in the presence of leaders personally in the near future”.