Trump canceled a face-to-face meeting between G7 leaders in the US in the middle of this year, a conference that will be held via video to deal with Covid-19.

"Under President Donald Trump's direction, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow informed foreign colleagues that the G7 leadership summit is scheduled to take place at Camp David of the US in June. canceled and switched to videoconferencing, "said White House spokesman Judd Deere yesterday.


Trump at a White House press conference on March 18 Photo: AFP

The decision was made in the context of many countries closing the border and restricting travel to prevent Covid-19 from spreading. The video discussions are scheduled for April and May, similar to the meeting between Trump and G7 leaders held earlier this week.

"This measure also helps each country to focus all resources on dealing with the health and economic challenges presented by Covid-19," White House officials said. This is part of an effort to limit the influence of the nCoV as countries often send large delegations to the G7 summit, along with many reporters from countries around the world.

Group of G7 developed industrial countries includes USA, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany and England. Trump originally planned to hold a summit in his resort in Florida, but then moved to Camp David to avoid criticism that the White House boss sought to profit individually from the event.

Covid-19 appeared in 179 countries and territories after the onset in Wuhan in December 2019, leaving nearly 245,000 people infected, more than 10,000 dead and more than 87,000 recovering. G7 countries are in crisis as the number of nCoV infections and deaths increases rapidly. The United States has recorded nearly 14,000 people with Covid-19, doubling in just two days, of which more than 200 have died.