This was an apt decision for Trump’s global diversity, as he has expressed his displeasure since his first group summit – the G7 summit in Cliffside, Sicily – with the feeling that he is being bowed down by other world leaders.
It is unclear throughout the week whether Trump will even make it to the G20 this year, which has been plagued by epidemics. But on Friday evening, the White House released a schedule confirming his participation.
As the event began, Trump, one of nearly two dozen world leaders who appeared via video-conference, came from the status quo room of the White House.
But at 8 a.m. ET, 13 minutes after the opening time, Trump was sending a tweet focusing on attempts to overturn the results of the US presidential election.
At 10 a.m., the president left the White House on his way to a golf club named after him outside Washington, D.C.
He was present at the “Epidemic Product Side Event” featuring the views of French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and many other world leaders. Trump did not participate.
Despite an epidemic that requires global efforts to control the virus, there is not much expectation for the G20 this year. This is partly due to the lack of US leadership, but other world leaders have also struggled to mobilize their counterparts as a joint effort to combat Govt-19.
Trump never made meetings to the summit, which were almost never held. He left early for a G7 meeting in Canada and canceled his signature on its final statement. Ahead of last year’s G7 at Fieritz in France, he asked his aides if he really needed to attend.
It was Trump’s time to host the G7 this year, but the epidemic of plans to run leaders in the United States failed. At one point, Trump raised the possibility of assembling the G7 after the election, but officials say there are currently no plans to hold a meeting before the G7 presidency is transferred to the United Kingdom in January.