Trump swaps the G20 summit … for golf

Outgoing President Donald Trump participated in the start of the G20 virtual summit on Saturday and then went off to play golf, while his counterparts in other countries debated measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump attended the opening session of the summit, organized by Saudi Arabia but which is being held virtually, and gave a speech focused on defending his management of the pandemic, despite the more than 12 million infections and 255,000 deaths that have occurred. registered in USA

“President Trump discussed with other world leaders the need to work together to restore strong economic growth, and jobs, in the recovery from the pandemic,” White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

Trump’s intervention was closed to the press, but according to McEnany, the president “highlighted how the United States activated every resource it had at its disposal to respond to the crisis,” and boasted of the “unprecedented economic recovery” of his country.

“He spoke about the drastic actions and security measures that the United States took to protect the vulnerable, pioneer the development of revolutionary treatments and develop vaccines and therapies at record speed that will save millions of lives,” said the spokeswoman.

Less than two hours after the start of the summit, however, the president headed to his private golf club in Virginia, outside Washington, as he usually does every weekend.

Their escape came 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 has 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 COVID-19.

The president has refused to acknowledge defeat in the elections on November 3 in the United States, and has denounced without evidence a massive fraud to not accept the victory of the president-elect, Joe Biden.