Trump tells G20 leaders he wants to work with them ‘for a long time’

Trump tells G20 leaders he wants to work with them ‘for a long time’
Donald Trump joins other leaders on screen for the start of the virtual G20 meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: US President Donald Trump has taken his campaign to deny the presidential election result global, telling leaders at the G20 summit he’s looking forward to going on working with them.

The gathering of the G20 leaders is being held online this year, but could have been an occasion for President Trump to bid his peers goodbye and pledge American support in the battle against coronavirus. But, according to audio of his comments obtained by the Observer, he said: “It’s been a great honour to work with you, and I look forward to working with you again for a long time.”

He went on to boast about the US military and economy, and repeated false claims that his administration Operation Warp Speed was behind both the first two successful coronavirus vaccines. Warp Speed provided funding for development of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by Moderna, but not the Pfizer vaccine, which was developed without the help of US government.

It was in stark contrast to comments from other G20 leaders, which focused on the coronavirus pandemic. One source said: “His was the anomalous speech. Everyone else talked about global matters of life and death.”

A source said to the Guardian, most national leaders cited the World Health Organization (WHO) and ACT Accelerator, which aims to speed up treatment and vaccines for coronavirus and ensure equitable global distribution.

A number also reflected on how countries had failed to help each other during the crisis moments of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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