Mic drop: Trump ditches headset after technical difficulties at G20

Mic drop: Trump ditches headset after technical difficulties at G20

President Donald Trump on Thursday attempted to paint General Motors' plant closures as an anomaly, claiming auto companies are "pouring into the U.S." and BMW is building "a major new plant".

The president's schedule of meetings has been altered in recent days.

One EU official told reporters that the G-20 summit's final statement is likely to reflect 19 members supporting the Paris climate accord with the USA stating its opposition to it.

Signing the agreement alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Trump said he looked forward to working with the U.S. Congress to complete the terms of the deal and did not anticipate problems in passing it.

Some administration officials have been arguing that hitting allies such as the European Union and Japan with tariffs at the same time as Trump is soliciting their help in taking on China would be counter-productive.

Saudi Arabia's delegation is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was greeted by world leaders including Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron on day one.

Elsewhere in Buenos Aires, as Argentina goes through a painful economic crisis, tens of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully to denounce the government for spending millions on the summit while the public endures rocketing inflation and unemployment.

"If we did that with cars coming in, many more cars would be built here and GM would not be closing their plants in Ohio, Michigan & Maryland", Trump tweeted, adding that "The President has great power on this issue".


Trump cited Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships last week as the reason he canceled a planned bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He nevertheless described the Macri-Trump meeting as "extremely cordial" overall.

Japanese-made passenger vehicles imported to the US totaled an estimated $40 billion in 2017 and German-made cars totaled $20 billion in the same year. The President has publicly and privately groused that he thinks the investigation has hampered his diplomatic efforts on the world stage. In previous years, the G20's joint statement had been hammered out well in advance. A year later, as the President prepared to fly to Helsinki to meet with Putin, the Justice Department announced the indictment of Russian intelligence officers linked to election interference. "So I really don't know", Trump told reporters at the White House.

"These agreements are massive, and a vast number of technical details need to be scrubbed and wrapped up", she said.

Scrapping the meeting with Putin, though, did not eliminate all of the President's flair for make-or-break drama.

If he can not get a deal with Xi, he has vowed to more than double most of those tariffs on January 1 and he has threatened to expand tariffs to virtually everything China ships to the US.

Leaving the White House on Thursday, Trump kept the global suspense going. But Trump has threatened to target the remaining $267 billion worth of Chinese imports as well, hitting Apple iPhones and laptops produced in China. "But we have a lot to talk about-a little bit of old times; about 95 percent business, I would say". "I think I understood you better in your language than I did on this, but that's OK", Trump told Macri and then dropped his earpiece on the floor. I'm open to making a deal.

The three countries agreed a deal in principle to govern their trillion dollars of mutual trade after a year and a half of contentious talks concluded with a late-night bargain just an hour before a deadline on September 30.

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