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White House scraps G-7 summit in favor of videoconference due to coronavirus


Added 03-19-20 06:57:03pm EST - “This summer's Group of Seven (G-7) summit has been scrapped due to concerns over the coronavirus, a White House official confirmed Thursday.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “White House scraps G-7 summit in favor of videoconference due to coronavirus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

This summer's Group of Seven (G-7) summit has been scrapped due to concerns over the coronavirus, a White House official confirmed Thursday.

World leaders will instead convene via videoconference. The summit was scheduled to take place from June 10-12 at the Camp David retreat in Maryland and would have attracted hundreds of officials, press and staff to the area.

“In order for each country to focus all of its resources on responding to the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 and at President TrumpDonald John TrumpDe Blasio calls on Trump to deploy military to set up hospitals in New York Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website Trump signs coronavirus aid package with paid sick leave, free testing MORE’s direction, National Economic Council Director and U.S. Sherpa for the 2020 G7 Larry KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE has informed his Sherpa colleagues that the G7 Leaders’ Summit the U.S. was set to host in June at Camp David will now be done by video-teleconference," deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.

"The White House also informed the other G7 members that in order to continue close coordination, the President will convene the Leaders’ via video teleconference in April and May just as he did this week," he added.

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