A "virtual" meeting of G7 foreign ministers split yesterday. And the reason was that for the joint statement intended to be released, the United States wanted the coronavirus to be identified as the "Wuhan virus." The other nations wouldn't agree to that and rejected that, releasing separate statements.
Since the United States holds the presidency for the G7, it was responsible for writing the initial draft. The proposed by the United States also blamed China for the pandemic's spread.. However, one of the European diplomats said, "What the State Department has suggested is a red line. You cannot agree with this branding of this virus and trying to communicate this."
Oddly, since two statements were released, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ended up signing a G7 finance ministers' statement that they were extending their nations' coordination "to respond to the global health, economic, and financial impacts associated with the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."
But, I mean, seriously, folks? This is what Trump was willing to split a coalition statement during a worldwide pandemic over???
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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