White House calls for late June G7 summit

US President Donald Trump has suggested holding the G7 summit at the White House in late June.
US President Donald Trump has suggested holding the G7 summit at the White House in late June.

US President Donald Trump believes there would be "no greater example of reopening" than holding a summit of Group of Seven leaders in his country near the end of June.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany says the goal is for the summit to be held at the White House and world leaders who attend would be protected.

"The president thinks no greater example of reopening in his transition to greatness would be the G7 and the G7 happening here," McEnany told reporters on Tuesday.

"We want to see it happen, we think it will happen and so far foreign leaders are very much on board with the idea," she added.

Trump, who is head of the G7 this year, has said an in-person summit would be a symbol of the US and other countries seeking to return to normal, something the president has urged should happen quickly despite concerns from public health experts.

In March, the US president cancelled the physical summit scheduled for June, moving to a video conference.

The leaders' April and May discussions were also moved to teleconference.

The G7 is made up of the US, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Britain and the EU.

More than 1.6 million cases of the highly contagious novel coronavirus have been reported in the US and its territories.

Australian Associated Press