Donald Trump plans to officially invite Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other “nice” US partners to an expanded Group of Seven forum later in the year and sideline China from the so-called “G10” meeting.

Pointedly, Mr Trump did not name China as a potential invitee, even though it is the world’s second-largest economy and is not a member of the G7.
Mr Trump has lashed China for being the source of the COVID-19 virus that has killed more than 100,000 Americans.
The Trump administration has praised Mr Morrison for publicly calling for an international inquiry into the virus, including its source.
A trip to the expanded G7 meeting could land Mr Morrison in the US during presidential election campaigning on the eve of the November poll.
An official US invite had not yet been issued to Mr Morrison as of Sunday afternoon.
A spokesman for the federal government said there had been contact between the US and Prime Minister about a G7 invitation.
“The G7 has been a topic of recent high-level exchange,” the spokesman said.
“Australia would welcome an official invitation.
“Strengthening international co-operation among like-minded countries is valued at a time of unprecedented global challenges.”
Mr Morrison attended the 2019 G7 summit as a guest of French President Emanuel Macron.
The US President said the current group of members was “outdated”.
That group of incumbent measures includes the US, Italy, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada and France.
We want Australia, we want India, we want South Korea. And what do we have? Thats a nice group of countries right there, Mr Trump said.
They could form a possible “G10” or “G11” at a meeting before or after the November US presidential election, he said.
The leaders of the world’s major economies were due to meet in June in the US at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, but the coronavirus crisis put those plans on hold.
A new date has not been set,
Maybe Ill do it after the election. I think a good time would be before the election, Mr Trump said.
He later said the summit could be held on the weekend before or after the UN General Assembly in New York, which is scheduled in mid-September.
Separately, Mr Trump said he was following through in his threat to withdraw the US from the World Health Organisation because it was too close to China during the virus.
The WHO will conduct the virus inquiry.
A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: “Strong US engagement has been vital for the effective operation of WHO, with US leadership in multilateral organisations indispensable in promoting the interests of Australia and the international community over many decades.
“We have said that we share some of the US concerns with respect to the WHO response to COVID-19.
“Australia has been clear and transparent in supporting an independent review into this unprecedented crisis to identify what steps have to be taken to prevent this from happening again.”