The outgoing president did not want to lose his custom of every weekend and after a short speech he went to his private club in Virginia.
The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, made this Saturday a fleeting appearance at the start of their last G20 summit and he went to play golf, while their peers in other countries virtually debated measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump had planned to participate in the inaugural session of the summit, organized by Saudi Arabia but which is being held virtually, although his speech was closed to the media and the White House did not immediately provide information on it.
A source with access to the online sessions said Trump explained having done “an absolutely incredible job during his tenure, economically and with the pandemic”.
It was an exercise in “autopublicidad“According to the source, who added that” he did not say anything about the global situation, “the agency reproduced. AFP.
“It has been an honor working with you and I look forward to working with you in the future and for a long time,” said the President, as reported by another participant.
When his videoconference was over, Trump left and replaced Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, while other world leaders continued to speak.
Less than two hours after your intervention, however, the president He went to his private golf club in Virginia, outside of Washington, as he usually does every weekend.
Their escape occurred while other G20 leaders were still engaged in virtual conversations and, specifically, while many of them participated in a forum on pandemic preparedness and response.
The event was attended, according to a G20 press release, by King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron; the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel; the Italian Prime Minister, Giusseppe Conte; and the presidents of Argentina, Alberto Fernández; South Korea, Moon Jae-in, and South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Trump made no secret of his disdain for multilateral forums throughout his presidency, although he has participated in every G20 summit that has occurred since he arrived at the White House in 2017.
This Friday, Trump also participated virtually in the summit of the 21 economies that make up the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), where he spoke about the progress in his country to achieve a vaccine for the coronavirus.
The president refused to acknowledge defeat in the elections on November 3 in the United States, and denounced without proof a massive fraud to not accept the victory of the elected president, Joe Biden.
During the two days that the summit meeting lasts, the member countries of the Group of 20 will discuss measures with the aim of promoting a recovery, which both the current presidency and several of the participating countries have proposed to be “inclusive ”And“ sustainable ”.
One of the main topics of the meeting, as it was at the extraordinary summit of G20 leaders that took place in March, is how to make the vaccine against covid-19 accessible to less developed countries.
With information from news agencies.