G20 Summit
- 07/08/2017 by Linda Perry (WBAI News)

Photo of Merkel and Trump in which she appeared to be hiding her face in her hands in distress. Hamburg, Germany. July 7, 2017
—Thousands of anti-globalization activists and police have been clashing as G-20 leaders meet. Protests revolve around issues of climate change, trade and terrorism. The G20, the Group of 20 Nations and business leaders has been known to reach agreement on trade and other issues by consensus, but a point of concern has been Trump’s America first rhetoric and a sticking point at the conference in Hamburg, Germany is climate change.

—Today 19 members agreed to support the Paris climate agreement, leaving the U.S. out in a separate paragraph that merely "takes note" of the U.S. rejection. The Paris Accord aims to lower emissions of greenhouse gases scientists say cause global warming. German Chancellor Merkel called the U.S. position "regrettable." The G20 Communique did reach consenus on rejecting protectionism, but it reaffirmed use of "legitimate" trade defenses to protect workers and industries against being taken advantage of by trade partners.”

—On the sideline of the G20 on Friday, a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin included Rex Tillerson, Sergey Lavrov and two translators. While some focus has been on how Trump and Putin are dealing with allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election, which the two tried to get past, other issues were discussed. Tillerson gave a press conference after the meeting saying "I think this is our first indication of the U.S. and Russia being able to work together in Syria," and the U.S. and Russia announced an agreement for a cease-fire in southwest Syria.

—Tillerson says Trump and Putin had a pretty good conversation about North Korea. Meanwhile on Saturday Trump met with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Trump says they are "discussing many things" and adds that Abe is "very, very focused on what's going on with respect to North Korea.” Trump and Abe and the South Korean president issued a joint statement calling for "early adoption" of a new United Nations Security Council resolution regarding North Korea which adds sanctions to demonstrate "that there are serious consequences for its destabilizing, provocative, and escalatory actions.”

—Group photo of G20 summit 2017 leaders are in the video below.

—Trump, Putin, Germany Angela Merkel, Chancellor. Argentina Mauricio Macri, President. Australia Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister. Brazil Michel Temer, President. Canada Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister. China Xi Jinping, President. France Emmanuel Macron, President. India Narendra Modi, Prime Minister. Indonesia Joko Widodo, President. Italy Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister. Japan Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister. Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, President. Russia Vladimir Putin, President. Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Finance Minister. South Africa Jacob Zuma, President. South Korea Moon Jae-in, President. Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President. United Kingdom Theresa May, Prime Minister. United States Donald Trump, President. European Union Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. European Union Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Guinea Alpha Condé, President, 2017 chairperson of the African Union. Netherlands Mark Rutte, Prime Minister. Norway Erna Solberg, Prime Minister. Senegal Macky Sall, President. ingapore Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister. Spain Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister. Vietnam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Prime Minister. World Bank Jim Yong Kim, President. International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, Director. Financial Stability Board (FSB) Mark Carney, President. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva. International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder, Director. World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevêdo, Director. Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) José Ángel Gurría, Secretary. World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom, Director-General. 

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