G8 Summit Moved: Chicago Summit Canceled, Shifted To Camp David
By Huff Post Chicago May 15, 2012
WASHINGTON — The White House abruptly announced Monday that it had
scuttled plans to hold the upcoming G-8 economic summit in Chicago, and
would instead host world leaders at the presidential retreat at Camp
David in Maryland.
It was an unusually late location change for a large and highly
scripted international summit and came with little explanation from the
White House. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – the former White House chief
of staff who personally lobbied President Barack Obama to hold the
summit in Chicago – was informed only hours before the official
White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor simply
said that Camp David, the rustic retreat in the mountains of Maryland,
was a setting that would allow for more intimate discussions among the
G-8 leaders. He said security and the possibility of protests were not
factors in the decision, noting that Obama would still host the NATO
summit in his hometown of Chicago from May 20-21.
The White House said the G-8 summit would take place May 18-19.
The White House announced plans last summer to hold both summits
back-to-back in Chicago, giving the president a high-profile opportunity
to tout his foreign policy and diplomatic credentials on his home turf
in an election year….
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