President Donald Trump waves as he performs golf at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership in Sterling, Va., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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President Donald Trump on Saturday didn’t take part in a virtual G-20 session on world response efforts to the coronavirus and improved pandemic preparedness, whilst Covid-19 circumstances surge and break each day data within the U.S.
Main leaders among the many world’s 20 largest economies delivered video messages for the digital session on pandemic preparedness, together with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy and South Korea. Trump didn’t ship a message for the occasion, and there didn’t seem like any American presence within the session.
Trump participated briefly within the opening ceremonies of the digital summit hosted by Saudi Arabia with the remainder of the G-20 leaders. The president later went to his golf course, Trump Nationwide Golf Membership in Sterling, Virginia, the place he is spent the final a number of weekends for the reason that election.
CNBC has reached out to the White Home for remark.
It was not clear for many of the week if Trump would even attend the ultimate G-20 summit earlier than he leaves workplace. The president is not scheduled to look once more on the G-20 till Sunday morning.
Greater than 57 million individuals have been contaminated and greater than 1.three million have died of the virus worldwide throughout the pandemic as world leaders battle to provide a coordinated response.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (high L), US President Donald Trump (high R), South Korean President Moon Jae-in (down L), and European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen (down C) are seen on a display earlier than the beginning of a digital G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia and held over video convention amid the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, in Brussels, on November 21, 2020.
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A number of G-20 leaders known as for an equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and for strengthening the World Well being Group, the company taking the lead in battling the pandemic and coordinating the best way to distribute vaccines worldwide.
The Trump administration this summer season introduced its withdrawal from the WHO and opted out of the agency’s plan to distribute a vaccine known as COVAX.
French President Emmanuel Macron urged worldwide cooperation on offering a vaccine for everybody and constructing a system that permits the primary doses of the vaccine to be directed towards the least developed international locations. German Chancellor Angela Merkel known as for higher funding.
“To defeat the pandemic, each nation must have entry to and be capable of afford the vaccine,” Merkel stated on the occasion. “We’d like dependable funding, higher cooperation, larger independence.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin told leaders that Russia is ready to distribute its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to different international locations and is engaged on a second and third vaccine.
Chinese language President Xi Jinping stated that China is ready to ramp up world vaccine growth and distribution. China presently has 5 vaccine candidates present process Part III trials.
Trump, who misplaced the Nov. three election however didn’t concede, hasn’t attended a White Home coronavirus process pressure assembly in a number of months and hasn’t answered questions from the press concerning the pandemic.
The U.S. broke one other each day report for brand new Covid-19 circumstances on Friday, with greater than 195,500 confirmed circumstances and not less than 1,800 deaths, in response to knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins College. The rise in circumstances is driving a surge in hospitalizations and deaths, with greater than 82,100 individuals presently hospitalized throughout the nation — a better quantity than at any level throughout the pandemic.
— Reuters contributed to this report