Trump does not participate in G-20 pandemic preparedness session

President Donald Trump made waves in Stirling, Va., On Saturday, November 21, 2020, while playing golf at Trump National Golf Club.

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President Donald Trump did not participate in a virtual G-20 session on Saturday in the Coronoires in response to global response efforts and virtual pandemic preparedness, even as Kovid-19 cases have increased and break daily records in the US

Leading leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies gave video messages for a virtual session on the preparedness of the epidemic, which included leaders from Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy and South Korea. Trump did not provide any message for the event, and no American presence appeared in the session.

Trump along with the rest of the G20 leaders attended the opening ceremonies of the virtual summit organized by Saudi Arabia. The president later went to his golf course, Trump National Golf Club, Sterling, Virginia, where he spent the last several weekends since losing the presidential election.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the White House said, Trump discussed with world leaders the need for economic growth and jobs to be restored as the world grapples with coronovirus, and reimagines the importance of the G20 for future prosperity. : to be confirmed.

Press secretary’s statement

President Donald J. Trump attended the first day of the Virtual G20 Leaders Summit on November 21, 2020. President Trump together with other world leaders discussed strong economic growth and the need to restore jobs as we overcome the COVID-19 epidemic. During his remarks, President Trump highlighted how the United States melted every re at its disposal to respond to the crisis, as well as the foundations of tax and regulatory cuts, energy independence, and fair trade deals The United States made unprecedented economic recovery. . He talked about the aggressive actions and safeguards the United States took to protect unsafe, pioneering landslide remedies, and developed vaccines and therapies at a record-setting pace that would save millions of lives. President Trump also reaffirmed the importance of working together for the future economic development and prosperity of the G20.

For most of the week, it was unclear whether Trump would attend the last G20 summit before leaving office. The president is not scheduled to reappear at the G20 until Sunday morning.

More than 57 million people have been infected and more than 1.3 million people have died of the virus worldwide during the epidemic as global leaders struggle to produce a coordinated response.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga (top L), US President Donald Trump (top R), South Korean President Moon Jae-in (bottom L), and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (down C) appearing first on screen Huh. The beginning of a virtual G20 summit organized by Saudi Arabia and during the video conference between the Kovid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic in Brussels on 21 November 2020.

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Many G-20 leaders called for uniform distribution of Kovid-19 vaccines and to strengthen the World Health Organization, the agency pioneered coordination to fight the epidemic and distribute vaccines worldwide.

The Trump administration announced its withdrawal from the WHO this summer and opted for the agency’s plan to distribute a vaccine called VXX.

French President Emmanuel Macron urged international cooperation to provide a vaccine for all and to build a system that allows the first dose of the vaccine to be directed toward the least developed countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for better funding.

“In order to defeat the epidemic, every country needs to have access to and be able to vaccinate,” Merkel said. “We need reliable funding, better collaboration, more independence.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin told leaders that Russia is ready to distribute its Sputnik V coronavirus virus to other countries and is working on the second and third vaccines.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China is ready to increase the development and distribution of the vaccine. There are currently five vaccine candidates in Phase III trials in China.

Trump, who lost the election on November 3, but did not accept, had not attended a White House coronavirus virus force meeting in several months and did not answer questions from the press about the epidemic.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the US broke another daily record for new Kovid-19 cases, with more than 195,500 confirmed cases and at least 1,800 deaths. The increase in cases is leading to an increase in hospitals and deaths, with more than 82,100 people currently hospitalized across the country – more than any point during the epidemic.

– Reuters contributed to this report

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