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Donald Trump postpones G7 summit with 'outdated countries' and wants to invite India and Australia

"I don't feel that as a G7 it properly represents what's going on in the world"

US President Donald Trump, on board Air Force One after watching the SpaceX launch in Florida. Reuters
US President Donald Trump, on board Air Force One after watching the SpaceX launch in Florida. Reuters

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will postpone the G7 summit scheduled to take place in June and invite other countries to join the meeting.

"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 It's a very outdated group of countries," Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

He said he would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to join an expanded summit in the fall.

He was speaking on Air Force One, the presidential plane, as he returned from watching the SpaceX rocket launch in Florida.

The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The group is made up of the seven largest economies in the world.

It was not immediately clear if the idea will become a reality.

The G7 leaders were scheduled to meet in a videoconference in June, after the coronavirus outbreak hobbled plans for an in-person summit at Camp David, the US presidential retreat outside Washington.

Mr Trump said last week that he might hold the huge gathering "primarily at the White House" but also potentially parts of it at Camp David.

Last week, President Trump announced the US was cutting its ties to the World Health Organisation.

He has accused it of reacting badly to the pandemic and failing to hold China to account.

Other G7 nations largely reacted badly to that move on Friday.

Updated: May 31, 2020 05:06 AM

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