German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not going to attend a personal meeting of G7 leaders planned by US President Donald Trump, government sources told Politico on Saturday.
According to Trump, the meeting could be held at the White House and, in part, at the U.S. President’s vacation home in Camp David in July. According to the White House, this would be a “show of strength” in a situation where the world economy has plummeted to a frost due to a coronavirus pandemic.
However, according to a government spokesman, Merkel is of the opinion that the coronavirus situation is still so bad that she cannot attend the meeting in person.
Merkel is the first leader to have directly refused to come. Other G7 leaders have been cautiously positive about the meeting.
Prior to Trump’s proposal last week, the idea was for G7 leaders to meet via a video link.