Trump postpones 'outdated' G-7 summit

Trump says Group of Seven summit will be postponed until at least September.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would postpone the Group of Seven (G-7) summit until at least September, adding he plans to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India.

Trump described the group as “outdated” when he announced his plans during a conversation with reporters aboard Air Force One.

“I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,” Trump said, according to The Hill.

Trump first said he would postpone the meeting until September. He later suggested he could postpone the summit until after the November election but said a “good time” would be before the election, suggesting it could take place the weekend before the UN General Assembly scheduled for mid-September.

Trump described the group as a “G-10” or “G-11” and said he had “roughly” raised the idea with leaders of countries he is proposing adding.

The G-7 includes the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.

The group’s annual summit was due to take place in the US this year but the White House said in March it would be hosted via video conference due to the novel coronavirus. The summit was due to take place from June 10-12 at Camp David.

Trump has previously said that Russia should be reinstated to the G-7, arguing it would be more “appropriate” to have Moscow at the table. Russia was ousted from what was then the G-8 over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014.