Trump Skips Pandemic Session At G-20 Summit, Heads To Golf Club

President Donald Trump participated within the opening session of this yr’s digital Group of 20 summit on Saturday however didn’t attend a aspect occasion devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump as a substitute left for the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, whereas that session was underway, CNN, The New York Times and Mother Jones reported.

President Donald Trump performs golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on Saturday.

The G-20 summit, an annual discussion board of leaders from 19 nations and the European Union, was initially slated to take place this year in Saudi Arabia however turned a digital occasion due to the continuing pandemic.

Trump attended the opening session Saturday morning, throughout which he touted the United States economic system and army and told world leaders he looked forward to working with them “for a long time,” The Guardian reported. He additionally tweeted a number of instances throughout the session, alleging voter fraud within the 2020 presidential election.

Trump left the summit not lengthy after he completed talking, according to Bloomberg News. Other unnamed leaders additionally left after delivering their very own speeches, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed officers. Coming and going from the lengthy G-20 summit is commonplace observe, Bloomberg reported, including that Trump stayed for a minimum of the primary hour.

Following the opening session, the summit hosted an occasion on pandemic preparedness and response, which was largely made up of prerecorded speeches, in line with The Guardian. Trump had already left for the golf membership when that session kicked off.

The occasion included remarks from Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, amongst others.

Trump drives a golf cart at Trump National Golf Club on Saturday.

Trump drives a golf cart at Trump National Golf Club on Saturday.

More than 11.7 million Americans have contracted COVID-19 because the pandemic started. The United States noticed 195,000 new reported infections Friday, a report for brand new instances in a single day. Health consultants stated instances are more likely to surge following the Thanksgiving vacation, and hospitals around the nation braced for onslaughts of latest coronavirus sufferers.

Trump is expected to participate within the second day of the G-20 summit Sunday.


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