German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at a news conference in Berlin on April 23.

Angela Merkel “unable to confirm” the G7 of the United States to attend the coronavirus pandemic

A Merkel spokesperson said in a statement: “The Prime Minister thanks President Trump for attending the G7 summit in Washington at the end of June.”

The spokesperson added: “From the current pandemic situation, she cannot confirm her personal involvement, namely to travel to Washington.

At the same time, German Health Minister Jens Spahn expressed “disappointment” to the US withdrawal from the World Health Organization and said that the Trump administration’s decision was a “frustration” in international health policy.

Other world leaders are also cautious about Trump ’s proposed G7 summit.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that he had not committed himself to attend the G7 meeting due to concerns about the spread of the virus and Canada’s quarantine regulations.

He said: “We personally face many important health issues, but there is no doubt that in an ideal situation, face-to-face meetings are much more effective than holding virtual meetings.”

“But before we promise to attend the meeting in person, there are still many questions to answer, and these discussions are being conducted in a continuous and very constructive manner.”

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Trump on Thursday. According to the content of the White House conference call, the two leaders “agree on the importance of holding a G7 meeting in the near future.” But the White House did not disclose whether Macron promised to attend the meeting in person.

Trump first proposed the idea of ​​resurrecting the summit as a face-to-face event tweet On May 20, this shows that the world will return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic stops traveling and freezes the global economy.

The next day, he said on the South Lawn: “It looks like the G7 may be in progress because we are doing very well, we are ahead of the progress in terms of the country, and in some other countries it is doing well.” The coming G7 is about to be launched and it is the complete G7. We will announce some news early next week. “

Trump suggested that Camp David replace Camp David. “Maybe” happened in the White House. “But it may be merged in Camp David, but mainly in the White House.”

Robert O’Brien, a US national security adviser, told reporters at the time that he was on the phone with many European colleagues and “everyone wanted to come to Washington.”

O’Brien said: “I can tell you that countries around the world are trying to open up.” “If we can make the White House work, all leaders are looking forward to coming to the White House.”

G7 is composed of the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan. Trump has been considering allowing Russia to rejoin the organization, but has been strongly resisted by other leaders.

CNN’s Paula Newton, Kevin Liptak and Nikki Carvajal contributed to this report.

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