Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit
President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit in Washington, D.C., to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.
Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "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 It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.
- Pentagon spokesperson Alyssa Farah said the move would bring together traditional U.S. allies to discuss how to deal with the future of China, per the pool report.
The big picture: The G7 meeting had been scheduled to be held in June.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced earlier on Saturday that she wouldn't attend the in-person summit because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.