Trump says he's considering holding G-7 in person again amid pandemic

Trump says he's considering holding G-7 in person again amid pandemic
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE on Wednesday said he is considering holding this year's Group of Seven (G-7) summit in-person at Camp David again after it was scrapped in favor of a video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Now that our Country is 'Transitioning back to Greatness', I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, D.C., at the legendary Camp David," Trump tweeted. "The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all - normalization!"

Public health officials have warned that the coronavirus is unlikely to go away and large gatherings, like the G-7, may not be safe until a vaccine is widely available. It's unclear whether officials in other G-7 member countries would agree to travel to the United States for an in-person meeting given the pandemic has not subsided.

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The G-7 was scheduled to be take place from June 10-12 at the Camp David retreat in Maryland. The event, which typically attracts hundreds of international officials, staff and journalists, was called off in March as the coronavirus spread around the world.

Since then, the number of cases and deaths from the virus globally and in the U.S. have surged. More than 1.5 million people in the U.S. have contracted the virus, and roughly 92,000 have died. Both are the highest reported numbers of any country in the world.

Other G-7 members are dealing with significant outbreaks of the virus as well. Italy was considered one of the earliest epicenters of the virus and has seen more than 250,000 people contract the disease.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was briefly in intensive care after contracting the virus, and the United Kingdom has more than 250,000 confirmed cases.

G-7 members have held multiple video calls in recent months to discuss the global response to the pandemic.

The White House announced in October that the annual summit would be held at the Trump Organization's Doral property in Florida, prompting outcry about conflicts of interest. Trump gave into pressure a few days later, announcing that the summit would no longer take place at Doral. He said in December that Camp David would serve as the new host site.