US President Donald Trump, who attended his last Group of 20 summit on Saturday, skipped a special side conference focused on the coronavirus pandemic and was later spotted on his golf course outside Washington.
It was not known all week if Trump would even be present for the G20 of the year, which is mostly virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
When the summit began, Trump was one of nearly two dozen world leaders beaming from the White House situation room, CNN reported.
However, just 13 minutes after the summit, Trump was sending tweets focused on his efforts to overturn the results of the US presidential election.
At 10 a.m. Eastern time, the president had left the White House for his namesake golf club outside of Washington DC.
He was present when the “Pandemic Preparedness Side Event” kicked off, with remarks from French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and several other world leaders . Trump did not participate.
He is due to join another G20 session on Sunday morning, according to the White House schedule. But this is likely the last time Trump will meet with a summit with other world leaders as he nears the end of his presidency.
CNN reported that Trump’s influence on the world stage was at its lowest after losing the election. Most other G20 leaders congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, with the notable exception of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump, in his remarks, “discussed with other world leaders the need to work together to restore strong economic growth and jobs as we overcome the crisis. COVID-19 pandemic “.
During his remarks, President Trump highlighted how the United States has mobilized all the resources at its disposal to respond to the crisis, as well as the unprecedented economic recovery of the United States on the basis of tax and regulatory cuts, energy independence and fair trade. deals, ”the spokesperson said in a statement.
“He spoke of the aggressive actions and safety measures taken by the United States to protect vulnerable and pioneering revolutionary treatments, and to develop vaccines and therapies at record speed, which will save millions of lives. President Trump also reaffirmed the importance of the G20 working together for future economic growth and prosperity, ”she added.