Categories for G20

26,163. 7/1/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congratulations to Prime Minister Abe of Japan for hosting such a fantastic and well run G-20. There wasn’t a thing that was missing or a mistake that was made. PERFECT! The people of Japan must be very proud of their Prime Minister.” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 1, 2019 10:02 am

26,162. 7/1/2019

G20/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you to President Moon of South Korea for hosting the American Delegation and me immediately following the very successful G-20 in Japan. While there, it was great to call on Chairman Kim of North Korea to have our very well covered meeting. Good things can happen for all!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 1, 2019 9:57 am

26,156. 6/30/2019

G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “So many amazing things happened over the last three days. All, or at least most of those things, are great for the United States. Much was accomplished!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 30, 2019 10:17 pm

26,152. 6/29/2019

ECONOMY/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The leaders of virtually every country that I met at the G-20 congratulated me on our great economy. Many countries are having difficulties on that score. We have the best economy anywhere in the world, with GREAT & UNLIMITED potential looking into the future!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 29, 2019 7:29 pm

26,142. 6/29/2019

G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you #G20OsakaSummit https://t.co/9FCqSuR5Bp

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 29, 2019 5:11 am

26,141. 6/28/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is pressuring some of his fellow leaders to help weaken a G-20 commitment on fighting climate change in a move that could kill chances of agreeing on a final leaders’ declaration. Three senior officials told POLITICO that Trump is trying to enlist the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Australia and Turkey in opposing commitments to stand by the Paris climate agreement made at previous G-20 summits. The U.S. has refused to back the part of the G-20 declaration that supports the Paris accord since the G-20 summit in Hamburg in 2017, but supported the final communique under an ‘agree to disagree’ arrangement. But this year, Trump is pushing allies to join him in opposition and French President Emmanuel Macron warned he would rather veto a final communiqué rather than allow the climate change section to be weakened further. Officials said negotiations would go on through the night and would likely be left for the leaders themselves to continue on Saturday [6-29-19]. The failure to secure agreement on a final communiqué would be a stinging defeat for the summit host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, who has sought to maintain consensus and a spirit of multilateralism.”

Jakob Hanke and David M. Herszenhorn, “Trump pressures other G-20 leaders to weaken climate goals,” Politico, June 28, 2019 11:37 pm

26,140. 6/28/2019

G20/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is making an unconventional gambit to restart nuclear negotiations with North Korea, inviting dictator Kim Jong Un to meet him Sunday at the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. Kim didn’t immediately accept the last-minute offer, but Trump said he would go to the heavily fortified border regardless, and just may step across into North Korea territory while there…Trump’s invitation took world leaders, and even some of his own advisers, by surprise. Indeed, the president claimed that he had only come up with the concept hours before tweeting it out. And goodwill between the two counties has also cooled since Trump cut short his second summit with Kim Jong Un in February, putting a freeze on months of nuclear negotiations. North Korea welcomed the request but said it was waiting for an official proposal. ‘I consider this a very interesting suggestion, but we have not received any official proposal,’ said Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s first vice foreign minister, in a statement carried on the official Korean News Agency.”

Anita Kumar and Matthew Choi, “Trump’s DMZ gambit with Kim aims to restart nuclear talks,” Politico, June 28, 2019 7:37 pm

26,136. 6/28/2019

AGRICULTURE/CHINA/G20/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Agriculture Department today reported a large U.S. soybean sale to China hours ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Japan, where the two leaders are expected to try to defuse escalating trade tensions. China purchased 544,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans for the 2018-19 marketing year that ends Aug. 31 — the largest such purchase since late March, according to USDA data. The U.S.-China tariff battle has caused a sharp drop in U.S. soybean exports to China, a massive market for American producers. USDA in its latest trade forecast estimated $17 billion in sales in fiscal 2019, compared with $21.6 billion last year. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has criticized China for not fulfilling its promise to purchase about 14 million tons of soybeans as part of an earlier trade truce between the two countries. So far, about 8 million tons have been shipped, Reuters reported.”

-Catherine Boudreau, “Big China soy buy precedes Trump-Xi meeting,” Politico, June 28, 2019 4:22 pm

26,128. 6/28/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/GERMANY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to focus on the world’s problems, perhaps as a way of limiting discussion on their own tensions. In a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit here in Osaka, Japan, Trump and Merkel centered their comments on problems in other nations: Libya and the Sahel region of Africa, eastern Ukraine and Iran. They also addressed the trade issues between the EU and the U.S. According to the White House, Trump and Merkel discussed ‘a wide range of issues, including Iran’s dangerous activity in the Middle East.’ According to Merkel’s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, that part of the conversation was on ‘the U.S. conflict with Iran.’ The differences in the readouts between the White House‘s version and the German chancellery‘s hinted at the deep, ongoing stress in U.S.-German dealings. The relationship has soured significantly since Trump took office and began relentlessly bashing Berlin over military spending and what he believes is an unfair trade imbalance.”

David Herszenhorn and Jakob Hanke, “Trump, Merkel present friendly front despite simmering tensions,” Politico, June 28, 2019 12:19 am

26,116. 6/28/2019

DEMS/G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am in Japan at the G-20, representing our Country well, but I heard it was not a good day for Sleepy Joe or Crazy Bernie. One is exhausted, the other is nuts – so what’s the big deal?”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 28, 2019 4:26 am

26,113. 6/27/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great to be back in Japan for the #G20OsakaSummit https://t.co/ZUwla1UMAQ

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 27, 2019 7:46 pm

26,112. 6/27/2019

CHINA/EU/G20/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “European Union leaders warned on Friday [6-28-19] against the damage that escalating U.S.-China trade friction was inflicting on the global economy, as the Group of 20 economies began a two-day summit in Japan’s western city of Osaka. The annual G20 summit kicked off amid heightened global anxiety over a U.S.-China trade war and escalating tension over Iran’s nuclear commitments that threatened to overshadow talks on other issues such as climate and the digital economy. All eyes are on a high-stakes meeting between Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 and whether the U.S. president will carry out his threat of additional tariffs on Chinese goods…Juncker said the European Union was working closely with China, Japan, the United States and others to reform the World Trade Organization and create a level playing field.”

Chris Gallagher, Leika Kihara, “EU leaders warn of damage to global growth from trade war,” Reuters, June 27, 2019 5:48 pm

26,104. 6/27/2019

G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you! #G20Summit https://t.co/28Y5rPE3BE

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 27, 2019 8:28 am

26,102. 6/27/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Trump says he expects ‘productive’ talks with Xi Jinping. President Trump voiced optimism on Friday [6-28-19] afternoon about upcoming trade talks with China, saying that his planned meeting on Saturday morning with China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, would be productive. Taking questions during a joint news conference with President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Mr. Trump talked repeatedly about the Xi meeting, while avoiding specific predictions. ‘At a minimum, it will be productive — we’ll see what happens and what comes out of it,’ Mr. Trump said. He denied recent news reports that he had promised not to impose any new tariffs on China in order to arrange his meeting with Mr. Xi on Saturday [6-29-19]. ‘No, I didn’t promise,’ he said. Mr. Trump’s senior aides have just gone through the necessary legal steps for him to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on $300 billion a year worth of American imports from China. But they have not given any timetable for when he might actually do so.”

NYT Staff, “Day 1 of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan,” The New York Times online, June 27, 2019

26,100. 6/27/2019

DEMS/ELECTION/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “His aides teased that President Trump might insert himself into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate by live-tweeting the two-hour conversation that unfolded Wednesday night. But Mr. Trump, who took a classic ‘stay tuned!’ attitude all week about whether he would follow through, said beforehand that he would be sitting it out. ‘Sorry, I’m on Air Force One, off to save the Free World!’ he wrote on Twitter, directing his followers instead to campaign surrogates for instant responses and fact-checks. Mr. Trump was indeed in the air, en route to Osaka, Japan, for a major summit with foreign leaders, as the candidates took the stage in Miami. But the town crier, news wire president could not quite  stay out of the fray on a night when prime-time television was devoted to prospective rivals. After all, Air Force One has television, Mr. Trump’s cabin is equipped with Wi-Fi, he does not like to sleep on the plane and he has made it clear that he is happy to engage in domestic politics even while traveling abroad.”

Annie Karni, “Trump Said He’d Sit Out the Debate, but He Couldn’t Quite Do It,” The New York Times online, June 27, 2019

26,098. 6/27/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump plunged back into the world of international diplomacy on Friday [6-28-19] with characteristic provocation, keeping some of America’s closest allies, including his hosts, off balance even as he sought advantage on an array of economic and security disputes with profound consequences. Mr. Trump opened a series of high-stakes meetings with world leaders gathered in Osaka, Japan, for an international summit meeting after calling into question the very foundation of the relationship between the United States and two of its most important friends, Japan and Germany, and lashing out at a third partner, India. The Japanese leaders hosting the meetings were still reeling Friday morning at the president’s attack on the mutual defense treaty that has been the bedrock between Washington and Tokyo for nearly seven decades. Before arriving in Osaka, Mr. Trump complained that under the treaty, Japan would not come to the aid of the United States if it were attacked and instead would ‘watch it on a Sony television.’”

Peter Baker, “Trump Once Again Assails America’s Friends as He Opens Overseas Visit,” The New York  Times online, June 27, 2019

26,092. 6/27/2019

CHINA/ECONOMY/G20/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to no preconditions for his high-stakes meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this weekend and is maintaining his threat to impose new tariffs on Chinese goods, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Thursday. Trump’s decision on whether to impose new tariffs on a $300 billion list of nearly all remaining Chinese imports will depend on the outcome of the Saturday meeting on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Kudlow told Fox News Channel. ‘There are no preconditions,’ Kudlow said…Trump is set to meet Xi for talks in Osaka at 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) on Saturday. Kudlow dismissed as ‘fake news’ reports suggesting that China was insisting on lifting sanctions on Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] as part of a trade deal and that the Trump administration had tentatively agreed to delay new tariffs on Chinese goods. The Wall Street Journal reported that Xi planned to present Trump with terms for ending the trade dispute, including removing a ban on the sale of U.S. technology to Huawei, citing Chinese officials with knowledge of the plan. ”

Jeff Mason, Yawen Chen, “Trump agrees to no preconditions for meeting with China’s Xi: Kudlow,” Reuters, June 27, 2019 12:37 am

26,090. 6/26/2019

CHINA/G20/TARIFFS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. and China have tentatively agreed to another truce in their trade war in order to resume talks aimed at resolving the dispute, sources familiar with the situation said. Details of the agreement are being laid out in press releases in advance of the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 Leaders Summit in Osaka, Japan, this weekend, three sources — one in Beijing and two others in Washington — said. Such an agreement would avert the next round of tariffs on an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports, which would extend punitive tariffs to virtually all of the country’s shipments to the U.S. The Trump administration has threatened to slap duties of up to 25 percent on the remaining untaxed Chinese goods if this weekend’s talks go poorly. One source with knowledge of the planning said Trump’s decision to delay additional tariffs was Xi’s price for holding the meeting in Osaka.”

Doug Palmer, “Trump ready for tariff truce with China,” Politico, June 26, 2019 9:56 pm

26,075. 6/26/2019

CHINA/G20/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said Wednesday [6-26-19] he was prepared to impose additional tariffs on China if talks this week don’t end in progress, but suggested additional duties could start at a lower amount of 10 percent. Trump has already imposed 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods and has been preparing to levy duties on the remaining $325 billion of goods the U.S. imports from the country. In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network Wednesday morning, the president said he might begin with a 10 percent duty, if his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit does not end well…He also repeated his assertion that American consumers would not pay higher prices because of the duties — a contention that has been debunked by U.S. retailers and importers who purchase the goods and are forced to absorb the tariff markup. Over the past week and a half, more than 300 people testified in Washington before officials at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, mostly to plead against the imposition of additional tariffs. Trump said China has devalued its currency to make its exported goods cheaper, so consumers are not facing higher costs.”

Pradnya Joshi, “Trump prepared to impose lower tariffs if China talks fail,” Politico, June 26, 2019 4:34 pm

26,072. 6/26/2019

CHINA/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump will arrive Thursday [6–27-19] at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan — his third time attending the yearly gathering as President and, in some ways, the most consequential. He is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping for trade talks that could have a lasting impact on the global economy. He is also expected to huddle with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first face-to-face following the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation. And he’ll discuss a tenuous Iran situation with other world leaders, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Unlike Trump’s recent state visits to Tokyo and London, this stop is not about pageantry — or really even about him. Instead, it’s a gathering of leaders from the world’s largest economies meant to discuss pressing economic and geopolitical issues. Though the leaders all meet together several times, the real action takes place on the sidelines when one-on-one talks between countries can produce major announcements. Trump has clashed with many of the other G20 leaders on trade and security matters. With some top American allies, he seems to lack chemistry. Other, more adversarial leaders have had better luck.”

Kevin Liptak, “Trump’s G20 orbits around Xi, Putin and other world leaders,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 26, 2019 3:27 pm

26,069. 6/26/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just departed for the #G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan!🇺🇸🇯🇵 https://t.co/IdAYUOiWqf 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 26, 2019 2:13 pm

26,055. 6/26/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Wednesday [6-26-19] played down the importance of securing a trade deal with China as he prepared to meet with its president, Xi Jinping, saying he was ready to proceed with additional tariffs if negotiations between the countries failed to get back on track. Mr. Trump said it was ‘possible’ that a deal could ultimately be reached and that China was eager for an agreement. But he said he was prepared to impose tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese products, on top of the 25 percent tax already in place on $250 billion of Chinese imports. Mr. Trump also indicated he might limit the next round of tariffs to just 10 percent…Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi are scheduled to discuss the trade tensions on Saturday at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan. But while both the United States and China are feeling the burden of a bruising trade war, there appears to be little chance of a quick resolution to an economic conflict that has beaten down companies and consumers on both sides of the Pacific.”

Ana Swanson and Adam Satariano, “‘My Plan B Is Maybe My Plan A’: Trump Threatens New Tariffs on China,” The New York Times online, June 26, 2019

26,053. 6/26/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Trade wars — and the prospect of actual war — will dominate President Donald Trump’s agenda as he touches down here in Osaka, Japan, Thursday [6-27-19] for a highly consequential meeting of world leaders. It’s a sign of Trump’s continued capacity to mold the world agenda that this year’s G20 summit represents a confluence of global crises that are all, to some measure, manufactured by him. Markets are poised to react to the outcome of Trump’s long-awaited trade talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. A tense situation in the Middle East grows ever more so as Trump plans to huddle with peers from Russia, Saudi Arabia and Germany. And stalled diplomacy with North Korea will be tested as South Korean officials say they are preparing for the President to visit the Demilitarized Zone. All are matters unlikely to be brought to easy resolution when Trump meets with his fellow global leaders in Japan. Air Force One touched down at the Osaka International Airport around 5:40 a.m. ET (6:40 p.m. local) after a roughly 15-hour journey from Washington.”

Kevin Liptak, “Trump faces trade war negotiations during consequential G20 meetings,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 26, 2019 6:40 am

26,008. 6/25/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are both facing intense domestic pressure to de-escalate the trade war between their countries as they prepare to meet on Saturday [6-29-19] in Japan. Trump needs China to make vast structural changes to its economy while also buying more U.S. farm and manufactured goods. Xi needs Trump to lift the tariffs he has put on Chinese imports. With the economic strain mounting on both sides, the two are widely expected to use the G-20 summit in Osaka as an opportunity to start talking again after negotiations broke off abruptly in May. In one sign of a thaw, Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by phone on Monday [6-24-19]. Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to meet with their Chinese counterparts in Osaka before Trump and Xi meet…In a briefing call with reporters on Monday, a senior administration official said Trump is ‘comfortable with any outcome’ of the meeting with Xi because the U.S. is in a strong position. But Trump’s trade war is facing mounting criticism at home. The U.S. government has collected billions of dollars of additional tariff revenue, but that barely has made a dent in the nation’s skyrocketing budget deficit as a result of Trump’s tax cuts and increased federal spending.” 

Doug Palmer, “Trump and Xi to meet as trade war damage grows,” Politico, June 25, 2019 11:15 am

25,891. 6/20/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, holding a rare meeting with international journalists, said on Thursday [6-20-19] that he expected to resolve disagreements with the United States, particularly his purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system, in a one-on-one meeting with President Trump at the end of the month. The two leaders are expected to meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Osaka, Japan. Officials said they may also seek to finalize plans for Mr. Trump to visit Turkey in July. Mr. Erdogan, who last gave an interview to an American newspaper in 2012, held the briefing with journalists just days before a rerun of a critical election for Istanbul mayor. The candidate for his Justice and Development Party, known as A.K.P., lost that race in March, and polls suggest he could lose again on Sunday. But other than rejecting those polls, and insisting that he would accept the results even if the opposition wins again on Sunday, Mr. Erdogan seemed more interested in talking about foreign policy, and showing a statesmanlike manner before the G-20 meeting, than in discussing the election.”

Carlotta Gall, “Erdogan Says He Will Meet With Trump to Resolve Weapons Disagreement,” The New York Times online, June 20, 2019