Trump Skips Pandemic Session At G-20 Summit, Heads To Golf Club
President Donald Trump attended the opening session of this year's Group of 20 virtual summit on Saturday but did not attend a side event dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump instead went to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia while that session was running, reports CNN, The New York Times and Mother Jones.
President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Saturday. (Photo: AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The G-20 summit, an annual forum of executives from 19 countries and the European Union, was initially due to take place in Saudi Arabia this year, but has become a virtual event due to the ongoing pandemic.
Trump attended Saturday morning's opening session, announcing the United States economy and military, and telling world leaders he looked forward to working with them "for a long time," The Guardian reported. During the session, he also tweeted several times, claiming election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
According to Bloomberg News, Trump left the summit not long after he finished speaking. Other unnamed leaders also left after making their own speeches, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed officials. Coming and going from the long G-20 summit was standard, Bloomberg reported, adding that Trump stayed for at least the first hour.
After the opening session, the summit hosted a pandemic preparation and response event, which, according to The Guardian, consisted largely of recorded speeches. Trump had already left for the golf club when that session started.
The event included comments from Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Korean President Moon Jae-In.
Trump drives a golf cart at Trump National Golf Club on Saturday. (Photo: AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)
More than 11.7 million Americans have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began. 195,000 new infections were reported in the US on Friday, a record for new cases in a single day. Health experts said cases are likely to spike after Thanksgiving, and hospitals across the country are preparing to attack new coronavirus patients.
Trump is expected to attend on the second day of the G-20 summit on Sunday.
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