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Trump tweets about election results and skips session on pandemic during G20

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump participated in his final Group of 20 summit on Saturday by tweeting throughout the opening session and skipping a special side-conference focused on the coronavirus pandemic.

(CNN)President Donald Trump participated in his final Group of 20 summit on Saturday by tweeting throughout the opening session and skipping a special side-conference focused on the coronavirus pandemic.

It was a fitting end to Trump's career in global multilateralism, which he has expressed his displeasure for since his first group summit -- a G7 meeting held cliffside in Sicily -- resulted in the feeling he was being ganged up upon by other world leaders.

It was unclear all week whether Trump would even be present for this year's G20, which is being held virtually because of the pandemic.

When the event began, Trump was among the nearly two-dozen world leaders who appeared via video-conference, beaming in from the White House situation room.

But that is likely the last time Trump will meet in a summit setting with other world leaders as the end of his presidency nears.

Trump has never been partial to summit meetings, even when they were not held virtually.

It was Trump's turn to host the G7 this year, but the pandemic foiled plans to host leaders in the United States.

At one point, Trump raised the prospect of convening the G7 after the election, but officials say there are no plans in place now to arrange a meeting before the G7 presidency transfers to the United Kingdom in January.

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