New Delhi: After making a brief online appearance at the G20 summit, US President Donald Trump, who has still not conceded defeat to his Democratic rival Joe Biden, was spotted at his golf course outside Washington. Also Read - Overcoming Domestic Challenges Key to Restoring America: Kamala Harris Backs Biden's National Security Team
When the summit started, Trump was among the nearly two dozen world leaders beaming in from the White House situation room. However, only 13 minutes into the summit, Trump was sending tweets focused on his efforts to overturn the results of the US presidential election. Also Read - As Trump Begins to Concede, President-elect Joe Biden Carefully Picks Key Posts For His Cabinet
By 10 am Eastern Time, the President had departed the White House on his way to his namesake golf club in Virginia, not far from Washington. There, he met a handful of supporters carrying Trump flags. Also Read - Russian President Vladimir Putin Says He’s Not Ready To Recognise Joe Biden As US President
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Trump in his remarks “discussed with other world leaders the need to work together to restore strong economic growth and jobs as we overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“During his remarks, President Trump highlighted how the United States marshalled every resource at its disposal to respond to the crisis, as well as the unprecedented economic recovery of the United States on a foundation of tax and regulatory cuts, energy independence, and fair trade deals,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.
“He spoke about the aggressive actions and safety measures the United States took to protect the vulnerable, pioneer groundbreaking treatments, and develop vaccines and therapies at record-setting speed, which will save millions of lives. President Trump also reaffirmed the importance of the G20 working together for future economic growth and prosperity,” she added.
Earlier, it was not clear whether Trump would even be present for the year’s G20, which is being mostly virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.