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Milwaukee Mayor continues push for SE Wisconsin to host G7 summit

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is hoping to convince President Trump to bring the G7 summit to the Milwaukee area.

On Thursday, Barrett met with other area leaders to talk more about the possibility. He said he wants to lay the groundwork for the G7 and he’s already talked with Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senator Ron Johnson.

Barrett sent President Trump a letter on October 20 sharing why he thinks Southeast Wisconsin is a good choice. This came after the President changed his decision to host the summit at his own hotel in Florida after receiving backlash.

According to Barrett, Milwaukee’s strong economy and political diversity are just some of the reasons why the area should host. He said he plans on continuing to hold meetings to figure out the best locations for the summit, which could also be outside of the city and county.

“My view is the more work we do here, we might be able to make a presentation to say hey, look, you’ve got to have a location, a solid location” Barrett said. “We can be very, very accommodating and help you do it.”

Barrett said the White House acknowledged receiving his letter, but he hasn’t heard back since.

The 2020 G7 Summit will be held June 10-12.

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