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As world leaders meet to speak about pandemics, Trump checks out and hits the hyperlinks

President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Saturday, November 21, 2020. AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

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Donald Trump briefly attended a virtual world summit on Saturday morning – long enough to brag about himself – and then spent his morning again like any other weekend: golfing and tweeting.

The annual meeting of the Group of 20 was supposed to be in Saudi Arabia this year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, world leaders practically met this weekend. The virtual format has caused some weirdness – like the now familiar collage of faces on a screen that has practically been “hit” but is populated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saudi King Salman and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But it has also dramatically lowered the bar on the efforts a world leader must make to participate. Trump made it a few minutes and especially the part where he was allowed to speak. And even that was weird.

According to the Observer newspaper audio, Trump opened with a conversation about how he plans to return to the meeting, despite the fact that he will step down on Jan. 20 and it is a meeting for world leaders.

“It has been a great honor to work with you and I look forward to working with you for a long time,” said Trump. He has also falsely acknowledged the development of two potential COVID-19 vaccines through his government’s Operation Warp Speed. According to the observer, no other world leader was discussing his own domestic policy, and most of the comments focused on the global crisis and how to stop it. Bloomberg also reports that “[u]Unlike other leaders, Trump didn’t speak of the need to share vaccines around the world, especially with poorer nations. He also urged other leaders to oppose lockdown measures as a tool to fight the virus, an official said. “

Trump left the meeting after speaking as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke. Though a number of other leaders also left the meeting after posting comments, Trump was the only one to come out on Twitter to tweet about conspiracy theories.

Great information on electoral fraud related to Georgia. Stay tuned!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2020

Trump also promoted a web television program:

Check out @PastorDScott’s new show on @RealAmVoice tonight at 7:00 p.m. Good luck Darrell! https://t.co/naGlg48evP

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2020

A number of heads of state and government, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, returned to the virtual summit after the opening session to discuss the global handling of the pandemic in more detail. Instead, Trump was spotted on his way to the golf course, his 303rd visit to a golf course since taking office.

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