Angela Merkel has refused personal participation in the G7 summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the invitation of the American President Donald trump to take part in the summit “the Big seven” in the internal format.

According to the newspaper Politico, the Chancellor thanked trump for his invitation, but said that, given the overall situation with the pandemic, could not agree to their own participation. This was stated by the official representative of the government of Germany Steffen Seibert.

Earlier this week during a telephone conversation, the US President and the German Chancellor argued on such topics as NATO, the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2” and relations with China.

the publication notes that the criticism of trump is concerned with issues such as the balance of trade of Berlin and its defense spending. Merkel did not agree with trump’s approach to a number of foreign policy issues — from climate change to Iran nuclear deal.