President Trump joined the first of two virtual meetings with world leaders on Saturday as part of a coronavirus-spread G20 summit – in what could be the last international rally of his presidency.
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Trump was set to beam in to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from the White House Situation Room to a meeting chaired by King Salman and attended by the leaders of 19 leading world economies. The international response to the pandemic was expected to be at the top of the agenda.
A lavish G20 gathering set for the Saudi capital, complete with detailed greeting ceremonies and elegant dinners, was severely curtailed in September due to the worsening health crisis.
But the organizers did not abandon the traditional “family image” of the heads of state.
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Instead, they replicated the annual photo shoot by shaping a collection of full-length photos of the leaders into a composite image – with a laughing Trump in the front row – and projecting the portrait on a wall in Riyadh on Friday night.