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Mr Trump suggested that in-person meetings could be back on, arguing that with lockdowns beginning to lift the rescheduling could inspire hope. Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis/File Photo

Mr Trump suggested that in-person meetings could be back on, arguing that with lockdowns beginning to lift the rescheduling could inspire hope. Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis/File Photo

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Mr Trump suggested that in-person meetings could be back on, arguing that with lockdowns beginning to lift the rescheduling could inspire hope. Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis/File Photo

Donald Trump has said he is considering holding the G7 summit that was cancelled due to coronavirus, raising the prospect of world leaders being asked to fly into America within weeks.

The annual gathering of the heads of the world's major economies had been due to take place from June 10-12 but was disrupted by the pandemic.

Attendance in person at the US president's Camp David retreat had been scrapped in March as governments scrambled to put in place measures to slow the spread of the virus.

But on Twitter yesterday, Mr Trump suggested that in-person meetings could be back on, arguing that with lockdowns beginning to lift the rescheduling could inspire hope.

"Now that our country is 'transitioning back to greatness', I am considering rescheduling the G7, on the same or similar date, in Washington DC, at the legendary Camp David," he wrote.

"The other members are also beginning their comeback. It would be a great sign to all - normalisation!"

If the original starting date of June 10 was kept it would mean world leaders flying into the US capital in less than three weeks' time.

Mr Trump's post indicated that either Camp David, in Maryland, or an undisclosed location in Washington DC could be picked.

Washington DC has a stay-at-home order that is due to expire on June 8, though it could be lifted earlier.

As well as America, there are six other nations in the "Group of Seven": the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

The number of US Covid-19 cases has now surpassed 1.5 million. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent