President Trump skipped a special side conference on the COVID-19 pandemic at the virtual G20 summit to play golf in Washington DC amid his refusal to admit Joe Biden in the US presidential election.
Speculation about the president’s presence at the international event flew throughout the week, but Trump appeared via video conference Saturday at the 15th annual G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia.
However, Trump was spotted on the green shortly afterward at Trump National Golf Club Washington DC in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles from the White House.
It is the 298th golf trip Trump has taken during his four-year presidency.
According to CNNTrump had arrived for the conference at 8 a.m. before skipping the side event on Pandemic Preparedness and leaving the White House at 10 a.m. while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke.
President Trump (right) played rounds of golf on Saturday after virtually attending the first day of the G20 summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia this year
The last G20 summit, scheduled for November 21-22, will likely be his last after the 2020 presidential election was declared in Joe Biden’s favor – but Trump hasn’t admitted yet
President Trump (right) played golf for the 298th time since becoming president of Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on Sunday after the first day of the G20 summit
Pictured: President Trump wore a red fleece jacket and ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball cap while playing golf with a friend in Sterling, Virginia
Photos showed Trump wearing a red fleece jacket and ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball cap, despite the 2020 election being called up for president-elect Joe Biden.
Three weeks ago, the Associated Press and several networks called the controversial election race in Biden’s favor, four days after the votes were cast.
The Trump campaign has since launched allegations of voter fraud, accusing Biden of essentially stealing the election.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney and longtime defender, held a press conference on Thursday to denounce “ mass fraud. ” No evidence has been found.
But Trump has maintained that he is the de facto winner of the election and has yet to admit, clouding the water on Capitol Hill as the possibility of a smooth transition disappears.
If Trump’s plan to reverse the election fails, this latest G20 summit will be his administration’s last.
Trump (right) has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 election suffered from several cases of voter fraud, and claims that Joe Biden may not be the actual winner
Pictured; President Trump (bottom left) sat virtually next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at Saturday morning’s G20 summit, which could be his last.
Pictured: European Council President Charles Michel (bottom screen) attends a virtual G20 meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia at the European Council building in Brussels,
The G20 Summit, or Group of 20, refers to the annual gathering of world leaders to discuss international economic cooperation.
During the opening words of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Trump kept his head bowed and seemed to be looking at something off the screen.
Just 13 minutes after the session began, Trump turned his attention to Twitter, where he continued to denounce voter fraud.
We will be showing massive and unprecedented voter fraud, Trump wrote, sharing a statement from GOP Michigan Senator Mike Shirkey.
Trump later wrote; Big voter fraud information comes from Georgia! Stay tuned!’
Biden was declared the winner of Georgia after a manual recount was done this week and officials rejected his allegations of voter fraud.
President Trump posted on Twitter allegations of election fraud during the G20 summit on Saturday morning
President Trump: ‘Information on fraud involving major voters comes from Georgia! Stay tuned!’
Media figures gathered at the International Media Center in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on November 21, 2020, watch on a projected screen as Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz delivers a speech at the opening of the G20 summit, which is virtually was held because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Trump shared introductory comments on the US response to the coronavirus and the economic recovery. Many of the comments emphasized Trump’s “America first” ideology and argued that Americans should get the coveted virus vaccine first.
Although Trump left the summit on Saturday, the Pandemic Preparedness side event saw comments from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, French President Emmanuel Macron and several others.
Trump had previously hit heads with other world leaders at similar summits, with differences in climate trade and international trade.
In 2018, Trump left the G7 summit in Canada early and withdrew his signature on the conference’s closing communiqué.
He reportedly asked assistants before the 2019 G7 summit in Biarritz, France, if they needed to attend.
The Trump administration was tapped to host the G7 summit this year, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed it by the wayside.
Trump offered to host the event after the election, but CNN reports that there are currently no plans for the meeting before the G7 presidency moves to the UK in January.
He is expected to attend another G20 summit on Sunday morning, CNN reports.