It was a fitting end to Trump’s career in multilateralism around the world, which he expressed dissatisfaction with because his first group summit – the G7 summit on the cliffs of Sicily – resulted in him feeling harassed by other world leaders.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But on Friday evening, the White House released its confirmation list.
As the event unfolded, Mr. Trump was among the nearly 20,000 world leaders who appeared in a video conference, voiced by the White House.
But just 13 minutes after 8 a.m. ET, the start time, Trump is sending tweets focusing on his efforts to overturn the results of the US presidential election.
At 10 a.m., the President left the White House for a trip to his golf club outside of Washington, DC.
He was there during the “side event of outbreak preparedness”, which included speeches by French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other world leaders. Trump did not attend.
There are no high expectations for the G20 this year, despite the outbreak that will call for global efforts to control the virus. That is partly due to the absence of the American leader, but other world leaders are also fighting to turn their partners into a joint effort against Covid-19.
Trump has never been a part of the summit, although they have not been held definitively. He left the G7 summit in Canada early and canceled his signature on the final declaration. Before the G7 coup last year in Biarritz, France, he asked his aides if it was really worth attending.
It was Trump’s turn to host the G7 this year, but the outbreak was planned to host a leader in the United States. At some point, Mr. Trump raised the possibility of holding a G7 summit after the election, but officials said there were now no plans to hold a summit before the G7 president moves to Britain in January.