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Donald Trump aide suggests G7 meeting could be held in person

The president is thought to prefer a traditional meeting, probably at Camp David, rather than a virtual get-together.

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President Donald Trump points as he departs the White House (Alex Brandon/AP)

President Donald Trump points as he departs the White House (Alex Brandon/AP)

President Donald Trump points as he departs the White House (Alex Brandon/AP)

Donald Trump’s national security adviser says he thinks leaders of the world’s major economies “would love to get out of their offices and meet in person and plan the post-Covid world” at a summit the US president is considering hosting in the United States in June.

Mr Trump had scheduled the Group of Seven summit for June 10-12 at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

But in March, he announced he was cancelling the annual meeting because of the pandemic and that the leaders would confer by video conference instead.

His national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, told CBS’ Face The Nation that the meeting would be a chance for the leaders to “decide how to get their economies reopened and how we can work together to make sure that we all get out of this Covid crisis and bring back health and prosperity to our peoples”.

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A US Secret Service special agent wears a mask as Marine One, with President Donald Trump aboard, approaches for landing (Alex Brandon/AP)

A US Secret Service special agent wears a mask as Marine One, with President Donald Trump aboard, approaches for landing (Alex Brandon/AP)

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A US Secret Service special agent wears a mask as Marine One, with President Donald Trump aboard, approaches for landing (Alex Brandon/AP)

Mr O’Brien said: “We’d be looking at the end of June at this point.”

He said “so far we’ve got a great response” from the invitations that have been extended.

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Mr O’Brien said US officials will ensure that “everybody’s tested.

“We’ll make sure it’s a safe environment if the leaders can come here.”

Mr O’Brien said: “We’re getting very close to the peak, if we’re not at the peak already in Washington” for the outbreak and that “if the situation permits it, and we think it will, we’d love to have a G7 in person.”

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