Guardian: The gathering of leaders of major world economies is being held online this year, but could have been an occasion for Trump to bid his peers goodbye and pledge American support in the battle against Covid-19. Instead, according to audio of his comments obtained by the Observer, he said: “It’s been a great honour to work with you, and I look forward to working with you again for a long time.”
After opening remarks, G20 leaders held a session on pandemic preparedness and response, mostly involving pre-recorded speeches. By then, Trump had left for his golf course in Virginia and no US official spoke on the issue.
It was in stark contrast to comments from other leaders, which focused on the pandemic. One source said: “His was the anomalous speech. Everyone else talked about global matters of life and death.”
President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, last year. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Most national leaders cited the World Health Organization and ACT Accelerator, which aims to speed up treatment and vaccines for Covid-19 and ensure equitable global distribution, a source said. A number also reflected on how countries had failed to help each other during crisis moments of the pandemic. Trump, who pulled the US out of the WHO, did not mention either organisation, but said America would ensure “domestic needs are met” before working on vaccines for the rest of the world.
No speaker made direct reference to Joe Biden’s winning at least 6 million more votes than Trump and the electoral college by 306 votes to Trump’s 232. Trump has refused to concede, instead making baseless claims of voter fraud in an attempt to overturn the result of the presidential election so that he can remain in office – a power grab without precedent in modern American history. read more