Trump to participate in virtual G20 conference call over coronavirus


WASHINGTON — President Trump will participate in a video conference call with G20 leaders on Thursday as part of a joint response to the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said Wednesday.

“President Donald J. Trump will participate in a video teleconference with G20 leaders tomorrow as part of the ongoing effort to coordinate an international response to the coronavirus pandemic,” Deputy Assistant to the President Hogan Gidley said.

Members of the Group of 20 include Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the United States, India, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.

The virtual call comes after Trump cancelled the in-person G7 summit at Camp David in June.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is herself in self-quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19, while the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for the virus.

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