Diplomatic sources say there was no outreach by the Trump administration on dates or an agenda for a G7 assembly.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump has made no plans to host a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) superior economies after cancelling a June gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, three diplomatic sources informed the Reuters Information Company.
The Republican president, who has refused to just accept the victory of Democrat Joe Biden within the November 3 election, has not made a closing determination, however time is operating out to plan a significant summit earlier than he palms over energy on January 20.
Three diplomatic sources stated there had been no outreach by the Trump administration on dates or an agenda for a potential G7 summit. Whereas a web based assembly would nonetheless be potential, there was no work on any type of joint assertion – a course of that sometimes takes months, stated one of many sources.
The White Home declined to remark.
The UK, which assumes the rotating presidency of the G7 from the USA in January, final week congratulated President-elect Biden on his victory and invited him to the United Nations Local weather Change Convention in Scotland subsequent 12 months, in addition to a G7 summit.
Trump first cancelled plans for a June 10 in-person summit in March because of the pandemic, however later sought to revive it, solely to drop the plans in Might after German chief Angela Merkel stated she wouldn’t attend and others expressed considerations.
In August, Trump stated he was inclined to host the assembly in a “calmer environment” after the presidential election, however no additional motion has been taken, stated one of many sources.
Trump additionally stated he would develop the invitee checklist to incorporate Australia, Russia, South Korea and India, dismissing the G7 as “a really outdated group of nations”.
However Trump’s push to incorporate Russia met with a frosty reception from Germany and different allies.
Russia was expelled from what was then the G8 in 2014 after Moscow annexed the Crimea area of Ukraine. Russia nonetheless holds the territory, and numerous G7 governments have rebuffed earlier calls from Trump to readmit Moscow.
The G7 nations are the US, the UK, France, Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada. The European Union additionally attends. The group started assembly in 1975, initially with out Canada.