Trump says he will delay G7 summit and invite other countries

Elias Hubbard
June 2, 2020

Earlier, the U.S. president told reporters on Air Force One as he returned to Washington from Florida that he feels the current makeup of the group is "very outdated" and doesn't properly represent "what's going on in the world".

Russian Federation was expelled from what was then the G8 in 2014 when Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, was U.S. president, after Russian Federation annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine. On declining economic growth rate in India in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, O'Farrell said he was optimistic about the Indian and Australian economies. "It's a very outdated group of countries", he said.

"He is postponing it until September and plans to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India", the statement said.

"Strengthening worldwide co-operation among like-minded countries is valued at a time of unprecedented global challenges", said the spokesperson.

The inclusion of four more countries into the G7, which has the world's largest economies, is a signal to China.

Speaking to reporters on board the presidential plane Air Force One, Mr Trump said that he was delaying the summit - which was scheduled to take place later in June - until September. Senior officials of G-7 countries are expected to discuss the expansion in the weeks leading to a rescheduled summit in the United States in September. Various G-7 governments have rebuffed Mr Trump's previous calls to readmit Moscow.

The G7 now includes the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Trump has also spoken with the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, and French president, Emmanuel Macron, in recent days about re-convening the meeting in person. "Over the past months and years, we have seen India and Australia work even more closely together on shared goals particularly in contributing to a more secure, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific", he said.

"We've shied away as a really significant power because Australia felt "at ease" in our own neighbourhood rather than 'rising above the pack, '" Bergin told The Epoch Times.

He also said it might wait until after the United States election in November.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel "cannot confirm" that she will attend a possible G7 summit in Washington amid the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesperson at the Chancellery said Saturday. "So, it might be a G10, G11, and it could be after the election is over", he said, keeping the scheduling issue flexible and open-ended.

Trump had earlier planned to hold an in-person meeting, however, it was later made a decision to hold the summit via videoconference in late-June.

With the additional countries Trump has suggested adding to his summit it's not clear leaders would agree to two major gatherings in the same month.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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