Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s G20 summit is taking place in an unusual form. For two days, leaders will talk to each other virtually on Saturday and Sunday. Coronavirus and its economic consequences are, of course, also one of the main topics of the meeting.
Donald Trump at the G20 summit
He took part in the opening session of the summit Donald Trump. It was not a foregone conclusion, because the White House announced on Friday, November 20, that the president would appear. The American media pay attention to his behavior.
During the initial nine-minute speech by the Saudi king who hosted the meeting, Trump sat with his head hanging down as if he were staring at something on his desk, as noted by Bloomberg. A moment later he turned to the US presidential election, which, as everything indicates, was won by his rival, Joe Biden. Commenting on a meeting with Republican leaders from the Michigan state legislature, he wrote: “We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!” (recall, so far the Trump team has not presented evidence of electoral fraud on a significant scale).
I am giving, among others CNN, two hours after the summit began, the president was already on his way from the White House to the golf club. He was there at the time the pandemic preparedness meeting was held at the side of the summit. The meeting was attended by, inter alia, French President Emmanuel Macron, South Korean Moon Jae-in and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The US president is to count on long cooperation with other leaders
According to the AFP agency, Trump was supposed to tell leaders during the session that he “did an absolutely amazing job during his tenure, in terms of economy and in the context of a pandemic.” He was not to say anything about the global situation. Another AFP source said the US president said he was “looking forward” to working with those at the summit “for a long time.” Bloomberg adds that unlike other leaders, Trump did not point to the need to share vaccines, especially with poorer countries. Instead, he was to call on leaders to reject lockdown as a tool to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Donald Trump is also expected to appear at the G20 summit on Sunday, according to the schedule of the White House.