The White House confirmed Trump's participation late Friday afternoon, according to the Washington Post, less than a day before the summit was scheduled to begin.The countries that make up the G20 "represent around 80% of the world's economic output, two-thirds of global population and three-quarters of worldwide trade", an information page for the summit says.
Meanwhile, the other world leaders, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in spoke during the side event on pandemic response and preparedness. Trump did not participate.
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" It has been an honor to work with you and I look forward to working with you in the future and for a long time", said the president, according to another participant.
He was also proud of Operation Warp Speed, the push for the coronavirus vaccine in the United States, which only funded one of the two potential successful candidates. Warp Speed provided funding to develop a vaccine that Moderna has produced, but not Pfizer, which was developed without the help of the U.S. government.
A source told The Guardian: "He had an outstanding speech". "Everyone else talked about the global issue of life and death".More news: Denmark Says Mutated Coronavirus From Mink Farms Most Likely Extinct
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Donald Trump a "psychopathic nut" on Thursday evening.
"During his remarks, President Trump highlighted how the United States marshalled every resource at its disposal to respond to the crisis, as well as the unprecedented economic recovery of the United States on a foundation of tax and regulatory cuts, energy independence, and fair trade deals", the spokeswoman said in a statement.
Coronavirus cases have spiked around the nation - with the USA now having 12.2 million cases with more than 256,000 dead.
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And he spent a lot of time on Twitter, spreading conspiratorial theories about how he "won" this race.