Missing links: Trump goes golfing in middle of G20 summit


Trump's latest trips to the golf course have attracted fierce criticism, after the president missed a Covid Preparedness event as part of the virtual G20 summit on the same day that 195,000 new cases of the virus were recorded in the States, according to Johns Hopkins.

When the event began, Trump was among the almost two-dozen world leaders who appeared via video-conference, beaming in from the White House situation room.

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.

However, only 13 minutes into the summit, Trump was sending tweets focused on his efforts to overturn the results of the USA presidential election.

The event featured remarks by leaders, including the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in. Trump did not participate.

"It's a broader effort throughout the entire government", said CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. By that time, Trump had left for his golf course in Virginia and no United States official had spoken out on the issue.

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When his speech was over by videoconference, Trump left and replaced Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin while other world leaders continued to speak.

Trump's influence on the world stage is at its lowest after losing the election.

Major media outlets have projected Biden as the victor of the November 3 presidential election after he won more than the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory. This is partly due to the lack of USA leadership, but other world leaders have also struggled to mobilize their counterparts as a joint effort to combat Govt-19.

Trump has never been biased at summits, even when they are not held virtually. He left early for a G7 meeting in Canada and canceled his signature on its final statement.

In Trump's own opening remarks to the meeting he said the US under his watch had made the world safer, strengthening North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, defeating Islamic State and fighting terrorism, according to two G-20 nation officials with knowledge of the proceedings. Trump refused to compromise, and instead made unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in an effort to nullify the presidential election result so he could remain in office - a power grab unprecedented in modern American history.