Trump Skips Pandemic Session At G20 Summit, Heads To Golf Club

Donald Trump attended the summit's opening session but headed for the links rather than listen to world leaders discuss COVID-19.

11/22/2020 2:54:00 AM

Donald Trump attended the summit's opening session but headed for the links rather than listen to world leaders discuss COVID-19.

Donald Trump attended the summit's opening session but headed for the links rather than listen to world leaders discuss COVID-19.

President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on Saturday.The G-20 summit, an annual forum of leaders from 19 countries and the European Union, wasinitially slated to take place this year in Saudi Arabiabut became a virtual event because of the ongoing pandemic.

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Trump attended the opening session Saturday morning, during which he touted the United States economy and military and“for a long time,” The Guardian reported. He also tweeted multiple times during the session, alleging voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump left the summit not long after he finished speaking,according to Bloomberg News. Other unnamed leaders also left after delivering their own speeches, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed officials. Coming and going from the long G-20 summit is standard practice, Bloomberg reported, adding that Trump stayed for at least the first hour.

Following the opening session, the summit hosted an event on pandemic preparedness and response, which was largely made up of prerecorded speeches, according to The Guardian. Trump had already left for the golf club when that session kicked off.The event

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, among others.AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaTrump drives a golf cart at Trump National Golf Club on Saturday. Read more: HuffPostWomen »