German chancellor says she 'cannot confirm' she'll attend possible G7 summit

German chancellor says she 'cannot confirm' she'll attend possible G7 summit
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel cannot currently confirm that she will travel to Washington, D.C., for a possible Group of Seven (G-7) summit amid the coronavirus pandemic, her office said Saturday.

"The Chancellor thanks President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE for his invitation to the G7 summit in Washington at the end of June," Merkel's spokesperson said in a statement to CNN. "As of today, given the overall pandemic situation, she cannot confirm her personal participation, that is, a trip to Washington."

President Trump announced in March that this year’s G-7 summit would be held virtually, but has recently floated the possibility of holding it in person in late June in Washington.


Other leaders have also not committed to attending an in-person event, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauToronto goes into lockdown as COVID-19 cases climb India's prime minister says Kamala Harris's 'success is a matter of great pride and inspiration' China congratulates Biden, Harris on election win MORE saying such a meeting would be better but that he has concerns.

"There are significant health preoccupations that we have around holding it in person but there's no question that an in-person meeting in an ideal situation are much more effective than even virtual meetings," he said this week.

Trump also spoke with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronTrump addresses virtual G-20 summit, heads out before session on pandemic G-20 leaders stress importance of united response to coronavirus pandemic Czech president says Trump should quit after election loss and 'not be embarrassing' MORE Saturday. They discussed “progress on convening the G7” as well as other issues, according to a readout of the call from the White House.

Trump floated the possibility of holding the summit last week, saying the U.S. has “done well” in grappling with the coronavirus. He suggested the event could take place in part at Camp David as well as at the White House.

"I can tell you countries around the world are trying to open up," National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said at the time. "All of the leaders are looking forward to coming to the White House if we can make it work." 

The Group of Seven industrialized countries is made up of the U.S., Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan.