Trump’s pivotal role at the G20 summit

26 Mar 2020

During Thursday’s G20 meeting, in which leaders will be discussing the spreading of the coronavirus and ways to mitigate its impact on the global economy, U.S. President Donald Trump will be looked at to determine his influence in this battle. 

Speaking with CNBC, Frank Lavin, former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and CEO of Export Now in Singapore, “For a nation that has typically been viewed as a leading international body and generous collaborative partner — the U.S. is viewed as a day late and dollar short.”

However, Trump’s approach towards tackling the pandemic has been criticised.

Yesterday, Washington agreed a deal for a $2 trillion stimulus package to help the country’s economy during this challenging time. In the U.S. there has been more than 1,000 deaths caused by the coronavirus, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.

Associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, James Crabtree explained, “In the U.S. it looks chaotic, disorganized, almost insane. The fact that the president and (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi can’t even speak to each other shows you how dysfunctional it has become. America will come out of this much diminished in the eyes of the world.”

The G20 summit, hosted in Saudi Arabia, will attempt at coming up with a united global response to the fast-spreading virus. 

Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud took to Twitter to state, “we convene this extraordinary G20 summit to unite efforts towards a global response.”

Crabtree also noted that the tense relationship between the U.S. and China will paly an important role during the summit. “It is very hard to imagine that U.S.- China relations are going to be better at the end of this crisis.”

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