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Politics Trump addresses virtual G-20 summit, heads out before session on pandemic

23:15  21 november  2020
23:15  21 november  2020 Source:   thehill.com

G-20 summit ends with support for COVID-19 vaccines for all

  G-20 summit ends with support for COVID-19 vaccines for all DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of the world's most powerful nations wrapped up the Group of 20 summit on Sunday, vowing to spare no effort to protect lives and ensure affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all people. The two-day summit of heads of state was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed at least 1.38 million people globally, with the world’s highest death tolls recorded in seven of the G-20 countries. The virus has wiped out hundreds of millions of jobs globally and plunged millions into extreme poverty.

President Trump on Saturday skipped a side-conference at the virtual G 20 summit to play golf The side-conference, attended by world leaders, discussed the coronavirus pandemic and Trump was present during the initial meeting, where addressed the US's coronavirus response, economy Trump had previously knocked heads with other world leaders during similar summits , with differences on

Trump participated briefly in the opening ceremonies of the virtual summit hosted by Saudi Arabia with the rest of the G - 20 leaders. Major leaders among the world's 20 largest economies delivered video messages for the virtual session on pandemic preparedness, including the leaders of Saudi

President Trump participated in the Group of 20 (G-20) virtual summit early Saturday, telling world leaders that he wants U.S. citizens to be vaccinated first, before leaving ahead of the start of a side conference on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

a man wearing a hat: Trump addresses virtual G-20 summit, heads out before session on pandemic © Getty Trump addresses virtual G-20 summit, heads out before session on pandemic

Trump appeared among nearly two dozen leaders to speak at the start of the summit hosted by Saudi Arabia when it began at 8 a.m. EST, joining via video conference from the White House Situation Room. Soon after the summit began, however, the president started tweeting about the election.

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The president then left the White House shortly before 10 a.m. to visit his namesake golf club outside Washington, D.C., as other world leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke during a side event on "Pandemic Preparedness and Response," CNN reported.

The public schedule from the White House indicates that Trump is set to attend another G-20 session Sunday morning. The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on Trump's absence from the coronavirus session Saturday.

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According to Politico Europe, Trump indicated in his remarks to other G-20 leaders Saturday morning that he wants U.S. citizens to be the first to receive coronavirus vaccinations.

The president reportedly claimed that the two vaccines that have showed promising signs this week, one from Moderna and the other by Pfizer and BioNTech, were the result of efforts by U.S. companies. BioNTech is a biotechnology firm based in Germany. Politico reported that Trump's exact plans were not clear to leaders who heard his speech, and the White House did not immediately provide text of Trump's remarks Saturday.

Minutes after the weekend summit began, Trump started tweeting about the election results. The president has consistently refused to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, who was announced as the projected winner by The Associated Press and other major news outlets two weeks ago.

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"We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!" read a tweet posted to Trump's account at 8:13 a.m. in response to a joint statement from Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the Michigan statehouse Lee Chatfield on their visit to the White House Friday.

Trump tweeted several more times amid the G-20 summit, including one claiming there would be "big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia."

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) certified the Nov. 3 election results on Friday in favor of Biden, who won the Southern state by more than 12,000 votes.

Trump's morning commentary and absence from the coronavirus side meeting comes as he has faced criticism both within the U.S. and around the world for his response to the pandemic.

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The U.S. has reported more than 12 million infections as of Saturday, according to The New York Times coronavirus database.

Leaders who have spoken thus far at the G-20 this weekend have highlighted the importance of a comprehensive and international response to the coronavirus.

Macron said in his remarks that the G-20 faces a "historical responsibility that requires us to move towards uniting international efforts to ensure an effective international response to this crisis," noting that with studies indicating a vaccine could be available in the coming months, the world must ensure equal distribution of a shot.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. currently leads the world in the number of total confirmed coronavirus infections, followed by India at roughly 9 million, Brazil with 6 million and France with 2.1 million cases.

Trump attends his final G-20 summit but does not participate in pandemic preparedness session .
President Trump did not participate in a virtual G-20 event on pandemic preparedness, even as Covid-19 infections surge and break daily records across the U.S.Major leaders among the world's 20 largest economies delivered video messages for the virtual session on pandemic preparedness, including the leaders of Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy and South Korea. Trump did not deliver a message for the event, and there did not appear to be any American presence in the session.

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