Trump Kept Tweeting During G-20 Opening Meeting: Reports

Washington: President Donald Trump participated in his final Group of 20 summit on Saturday while tweeting throughout the opening session.

Trump tweeted to comment on an encounter with Republican leaders of the Michigan state legislature. He promised: “We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!”

Trump went on to send further tweets alleging voter fraud and commenting on his son, who has been diagnosed with Covid.

It was unclear all week whether Trump would even be present for this year’s G20, which is being held virtually because of the pandemic. But on Friday evening, the White House released a schedule confirming his participation.

He was there when the “side event on Pandemic Preparedness” got underway, featuring remarks from French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and several other world leaders. Trump did not participate.

In Trump’s own opening remarks to the meeting he said the U.S. under his watch had made the world safer, strengthening NATO, defeating Islamic State and fighting terrorism, according to two G-20 nation officials with knowledge of the proceedings. He claimed America had been efficient in fighting the pandemic while touting low unemployment and what he said was surging demand in the US economy.

Specifically on a Covid-19 vaccine, Trump repeated his long-held stance that “every American” who wanted one should have access, according to one official with knowledge of his remarks — implying such shots should be optional. He touted progress by Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. specifically, the official said.