Trump is serious about the proposal and has been considering it for a few days, the official said. He sought input from last year’s G7 president, French leader Emmanuel Macron, during a morning telephone call on Wednesday.
Another member of the group, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said after Trump’s tweet that he would need to see what measures the US proposed to keep people safe before committing to an in-person summit.
The G7 is comprised of the US, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan. Trump has mused about allowing Russia to rejoin the group but met fierce resistance from fellow leaders.
If he does, it would likely occur at the end of June to allow for a few additional weeks of planning. Originally, the summit had been scheduled for June 10-12.
The summit would also likely require modifications such as limiting the size of foreign leaders’ delegations and cutting down on the number of activities, officials said.
Trump has spent several weekends at Camp David recently and is expected to continue in the coming weeks. It’s allowed him to envision the summit taking place there even after he decided to cancel it earlier this year, one official said.
His chief of staff at the time, Mick Mulvaney, disparaged Camp David as a venue in part because it was too remote. President Barack Obama held the 2012 meeting of what was then the G8 at the mountainside resort.
“I understand the folks who participated in it hated it and thought it was a miserable place to have the G7,” Mulvaney said. “It was way too small. It was way too remote.”
But officials said those shortcomings would seem to recommend the venue amid a global pandemic, where the size of delegations is limited by available space and leaders would not necessarily need to venture into a densely packed city.