It was a becoming finish to Trump’s profession in world multilateralism, which he has expressed his displeasure for since his first group summit — a G7 assembly held cliffside in Sicily — resulted within the feeling he was being ganged up upon by different world leaders.
It was unclear all week whether or not Trump would even be current for this yr’s G20, which is being held just about due to the pandemic. However on Friday night, the White Home launched a schedule confirming his participation.
When the occasion started, Trump was among the many almost two-dozen world leaders who appeared through video-conference, beaming in from the White Home scenario room.
However solely 13 minutes after the scheduled eight a.m. ET, begin time, Trump was sending tweets centered on his efforts to overturn the outcomes of the US presidential election.
By 10 a.m. ET, the President had departed the White Home on his solution to his namesake golf membership outdoors Washington, DC.
He was there when the “facet occasion on Pandemic Preparedness” acquired underway, that includes remarks from French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and a number of other different world leaders. Trump didn’t take part.
There had not been excessive expectations for this yr’s G20, regardless of a pandemic that may require world efforts to comprise the virus. That’s partly right down to the absence of American management, however different world leaders have additionally struggled to corral their counterparts right into a joint effort to fight Covid-19.
Trump has by no means been keen on summit conferences, even after they weren’t held just about. He departed a G7 assembly in Canada early and rescinded his signature on its ultimate communique. Forward of final yr’s G7 in Biarritz, France, he requested his aides whether or not it was actually essential to attend.
It was Trump’s flip to host the G7 this yr, however the pandemic foiled plans to host leaders in the USA. At one level, Trump raised the prospect of convening the G7 after the election, however officers say there are not any plans in place now to rearrange a gathering earlier than the G7 presidency transfers to the UK in January.