The White House announced today that instead of holding the G-8 Summit in Chicago, the President will host the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the UK at Camp David in Maryland instead.
Originally, these leaders were expected to meet in Chicago from May 19-20, with the NATO Summit happening immediately afterward. Now, they will meet at Camp David from May 18 - 19.
When asked about the change in location, National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor said, "The President felt that Camp David would provide an informal and intimate setting to have a free-flowing discussion with his fellow leaders. He's very much looks forward to coming to his hometown for a critically important NATO Summit, as planned."
The NATO summit will take place in Chicago on May 20 - 21.
Various groups are expected to hold protests in Chicago. One group, Occupy Chicago, tweeted “#NATO will still be here. And so will we. We are Occupy. We are the people. #ExpectUs.”
Camp David, the presidential retreat in Frederick County, Maryland, will prove to be a much more difficult location to stage protests.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also released a statement about the relocation, emphasizing that the city is still hosting the NATO summit.
"We wish President Obama and the other leaders well at the G8 meeting at Camp David and look forward to hosting the NATO Summit in Chicago. Hosting the NATO Summit is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Chicago to the world and the world to Chicago and we are proud to host the 50 heads of state, foreign and defense ministers from the NATO and ISAF countries in our great city May 19-21."