Mayor Barrett writes letter to President Trump asking to host G7 summit
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Mayor Tom Barrett sent a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to consider hosting the 2020 Group of 7 (G7) summit.
In the letter, Mayor Barrett touts the city's growing economy and wants to show the world "America's Fresh Coast."
The letter was sent out on Oct. 20. Read it below:
Dear Mr. President
The City of Milwaukee invites you to consider hosting the 2020 Group of 7 (G7) meeting in our community. It would be an opportunity to show the world America’s Fresh Coast – a Great Lakes city that is growing in this strong economy, reinventing itself through innovation and investment, and building on its established high quality of life.
In the decades since the G7 was organized, the United States has hosted meetings in a number of locations, but it has never brought the G7 to the Midwest. Wisconsin presents depth and diversity exemplified by a strong urban center in Milwaukee, thriving suburban communities, and rural areas that face economic challenges that are, at times, exacerbated by international trade issues. Whether it’s manufacturing, agriculture, or technology, Wisconsin has important lessons to share globally.
This region is not dominated by one political party which reflects Wisconsin’s status as a “purple” state. In fact, Milwaukee County is represented by four members of congress, one Democrat and three Republicans. We are in an excellent position to demonstrate a complete picture of the America’s society and economy.
I can assure you of full cooperation from Milwaukee’s hospitality businesses and other local companies. You would also have all appropriate support from local government for a G7 meeting here. Security preparations are well advanced as southeastern Wisconsin is already planning for both the Democratic National Convention and the Ryder Cup later next year.
Yes, Milwaukee would be an ideal location for the upcoming G7 gathering, and I strongly encourage you to bring the G7 meeting here.
Tom Barrett Mayor
This comes after President Trump reversed his decision to host the G7 at his own hotel in Florida, after receiving bi-partisan backlash.
Barrett says Milwaukee is a microcosm of the nation, and it is greatly effected by international trade with Harley-Davidson and farming.
The White House said it received the letter.
"We got an acknowledgement last night and I don't know if it's going to go anywhere from my perspective we are focusing on the DNC in 2020, that's what we know we're going to have and we're putting all of our efforts in," Mayor Barrett said.
The 2020 G7 summit will be held from June 10-12 in 2020.