Donald Trump has taken his campaign to deny the results of the US presidential election global, telling world leaders at the G20 summit that he looks forward to “working with you again for a long time”.
The gathering of leaders of major world economies is being held online this year, because of the pandemic, but could have been an occasion for Trump to bid his peers goodbye and pledge American support to the battle against Covid-19.
Instead he said he was looking forward to a “tremendous decade”. “It’s been a great honour to work with you, and I look forward to working with you again for a long time,” he said, according to audio of his comments obtained by the Observer.
He went on to boast about the US economy and military, and repeated false claims that the US government’s Operation Warp Speed was behind the two successful coronavirus vaccines.
It was in stark contrast to comments from other leaders, which focused on the fight against Covid-19, one source said. “His was the anomalous speech – the only one about domestic matters. Everyone else talked about global matters of life and death.”
President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, last year. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Most national leaders in their comments on the pandemic cited the World Health Organization and ACT Accelerator, which aims to speed up treatment and vaccines for Covid-19 and ensure equitable global distribution, a source said.…