Trump tells G20 leaders he looks forward to working with them ‘for a long time’ as he refuses to give up on election
DONALD Trump told world leaders he looks forward to working with them "for a long time" during the virtual G20 Summit, even though he lost re-election.
Trump told the fellow leaders that he was anticipating a "tremendous decade" ahead during remarks at the virtual event on Saturday morning.
"It's been a great honor to work with you, and I look forward to working with you again for a long time," Trump said, according to the Guardian.
The G20 Summit was hosted by Saudi Arabia, but was forced online due to spiking Covid-19 cases across the world.
Many of the comments from other world leaders, according to the Guardian's report, centered around the fight against the pandemic.
However, Trump took the opportunity to tout the US economy and military, and claim that the government's Operation Warp Speed was behind two successful coronavirus vaccines.
Neither of the vaccinations Trump was referring to – one from Pfizer and one from Moderna – have been approved for use yet, though Pfizer partner BioNTech did apply for approval with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday.
Moderna is expected to apply for emergency approval from the FDA as well in the coming weeks.
In addition to focusing on domestic issues instead of international ones during his G20 Summit appearance, Trump also appears to be skipping some events.
One event, scheduled for early afternoon EST and focusing on fostering "international cooperation" and finding "solutions that protect people's lives and livelihoods," was set to feature remarks from leaders of Germany, France, South Korea and Argentina.
Trump was spotted at his golf course in Virginia around the same time the event was set to kick off, according to CNN.
During his remarks, Trump also vowed to have vaccines distributed to the American public first before sending them to vulnerable populations in other places across the world, according to Politico.
However, it's unlikely – even if emergency FDA approval is granted – that Trump's administration would have much sway over how the vaccine is distributed.
Despite his refusal to concede and his claims of voter fraud, Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.
That means Biden's administration will likely be taking on the brunt of the vaccine distribution duties.
Biden will take over the presidency on January 20, 2021.
The US presidential election, and Trump's refusal to accept its results, were not brought up during the G20 Summit events, according to reports.
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