German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday turned down President Trump's invitation to attend the Group of Seven summit in person because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The White House has said the summit will go forward in late June in Washington, D.C., rather than at Camp David as previously planned. "As of today, considering the overall pandemic situation, [Merkel] cannot agree to her personal participation," German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told Politico. The chancellor will reportedly continue to monitor the coronavirus situation, however. Trump and Merkel haven't always seen eye to eye, and the leaders reportedly had heated disagreements over NATO, China, and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline during a phone call last week, though it's unclear if that conversation had any bearing on Merkel's decision about the summit.
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