President Donald Trump had a successful G20 meeting on November 30 and December 1, 2018 in Buenos Aires.
The American president and his first lady Melania left Washington on Thursday, November 29, arriving in Argentina that night:
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner went to receive an award from Mexico’s outgoing president. This was for his work on the new North American trade agreement, USMCA:
In fact, USMCA was signed at the G20 on Friday, November 30:
Congress now has six months to ratify it.
Attendees appeared in a group photo. If you’ll notice, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel is not in it, as her flight was delayed because of technical difficulties:
This was the president’s schedule for Friday:
That evening, G20 participants and their spouses attended a cultural event at the Colón (Columbus) Theatre in Buenos Aires. By then, Angela Merkel had arrived and had taken part in the second photo op, not shown here:
The next video shows the Trumps arriving at the theatre, along with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner shortly afterwards:
The president tweeted his appreciation …
… and told Americans to watch Hannity on Fox News Network that night for a preview of developing news:
Bombshell news was due to break on Hannity on Monday, December 3, however, that has been postponed because of the death of George H W Bush, announced on Friday.
Before going into the events of December 1, not only did Trump wear a G20 pin, he also did not sign the group’s commitment to fight climate change. He did not need to — job done:
N.B.: the photo is from 2017.
This was Trump’s schedule for Day 2 of the G20 meeting:
The Trumps issued a formal statement in memory of President Bush:
The president spoke with former president George W Bush:
That morning, the Trumps also visited the American embassy in Buenos Aires.
In the afternoon, Trump met with Merkel as scheduled. Excerpts from the pre-meeting press conference transcript follow:
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much everybody. It’s a great honor to be with Chancellor Merkel, who is my friend. We have a great relationship and a great working relationship, I think very important. And we are talking trade. We’re talking defense. We’re talking about many things …
CHANCELLOR MERKEL: …
(As interpreted.) Well, let me say I’m very glad we have the opportunity for this bilateral meeting. We shall address issues related to trade, multilateral issues, and also fair trade and the World Trade Organization. We will also talk about bilateral relations, Ukraine, Syria, and the violations of the INF treaty by Russia.
So there’s quite a lot to do, quite a lot on our plate for this relatively short time …
Q Mr. President, have you spoken to President George W. Bush?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yes, I have. And Jeb also. And I expressed deepest sympathies. Angela and I were just talking about it. He was a wonderful man. And you may want to just explain your little meeting with him. I found it very interesting.
CHANCELLOR MERKEL: Yes. I was in (inaudible), in the White House, visiting George Bush. And he’s the father, or one of the fathers, of the German unification, and we will never forget that.
THE PRESIDENT: I found that very interesting.
So we extended our best wishes. And he was — he was a very fine man. I met him on numerous occasions. He was just a high-quality man who truly loved his family. One thing that came through loud and clear, he was very proud of his family and very much loved his family. So he was a terrific guy and he’ll be missed. And he led a full life, and a very exemplary life too, I will say …
A gala dinner took place that evening:
Afterwards, the meeting between the US and China took place:
A major step was the Chinese stance on ‘fentanyl’. I put the word in quotes, because Xi had already declared regular fentanyl a controlled substance in 2015. Since then, fentanyl has taken on new forms and those are what this new declaration is about.
Puppet String News explains the gravity of the fentanyl situation:
Not only is this a major victory brokered between Trump and XI, but this will quite literally be a major defeat against the Deep State…As the opioid Fentanyl is a major drug that the Deep State funds it’s operations with. Tens of thousands of Americans have died after being exposed to Fentanyl over the last few years in America, and also this is an opioid that also profits Mexican drug cartels and gangs like MS-13…So China declaring today that Fentanyl will now be a controlled substance is a major victory on multiple fronts.
A statement by Trump’s press secretary Sarah Sanders says, in part:
… people selling Fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law.
On Trade, President Trump has agreed that on January 1, 2019, he will leave the tariffs on $200 billion worth of product at the 10% rate, and not raise it to 25% at this time. China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other product from the United States to reduce the trade imbalance between our two countries. China has agreed to start purchasing agricultural product from our farmers immediately.
President Trump and President Xi have agreed to immediately begin negotiations on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture. Both parties agree that they will endeavor to have this transaction completed within the next 90 days. If at the end of this period of time, the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the 10% tariffs will be raised to 25%.
It was also agreed that great progress has been made with respect to North Korea and that President Trump, together with President Xi, will strive, along with Chairman Kim Jong Un, to see a nuclear free Korean Peninsula. President Trump expressed his friendship and respect for Chairman Kim.
On board Air Force One on the flight back to Washington, Trump spent time with reporters. On December 2, the AP reported highlights, including the following:
The White House says President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have reached a 90-day ceasefire agreement on new economic tariffs to allow for continuing trade negotiations …
Tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods were set to rise from 10 percent to 25 percent in the new year, and Trump was considering duties on even more Chinese goods.
The White House says if the two sides don’t reach agreement within 90 days, then Trump will impose the tariffs.
… his next meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is likely to happen in January or February.
The president tells reporters that there are three sites under consideration, but he’s not identifying them.
Trump, speaking aboard Air Force One on his return from Argentina, tells reporters that he and Kim are “getting along very well” and have a “good relationship.”
He adds that at some point he’d like to invite Kim to the United States.
So, this year’s G20 summit has been another overseas success for President Trump.
Would that Americans realised and appreciated how much he accomplishes on their behalf.