President Donald Trump waves as he performs golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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President Donald Trump on Saturday didn’t take part in a digital G-20 session on international response efforts to the coronavirus and improved pandemic preparedness, at the same time as Covid-19 instances surge and break each day information within the U.S.
Major 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 look 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 National Golf Club 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 House 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.
More than 57 million folks have been contaminated and greater than 1.3 million have died of the virus worldwide through the pandemic as international leaders battle to provide a coordinated response.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (prime L), US President Donald Trump (prime R), South Korean President Moon Jae-in (down L), and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (down C) are seen on a display screen 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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Several G-20 leaders referred to as for an equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and for strengthening the World Health Organization, the company taking the lead in battling the pandemic and coordinating methods to distribute vaccines worldwide.
The Trump administration this summer time introduced its withdrawal from the WHO and opted out of the company’s plan to distribute a vaccine often called 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 referred to as for higher funding.
“To defeat the pandemic, each nation must have entry to and have the ability to afford the vaccine,” Merkel stated on the occasion. “We want dependable funding, higher cooperation, larger independence.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin informed 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 President Xi Jinping stated that China is ready to ramp up international vaccine growth and distribution. China at the moment has 5 vaccine candidates present process Phase III trials.
Trump, who misplaced the Nov. 3 election however didn’t concede, hasn’t attended a White House coronavirus job drive 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 file for brand new Covid-19 instances on Friday, with greater than 195,500 confirmed instances and at the very least 1,800 deaths, in line with information compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The rise in instances is driving a surge in hospitalizations and deaths, with greater than 82,100 folks at the moment hospitalized throughout the nation — a better quantity than at any level through the pandemic.
— Reuters contributed to this report