U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he had not promised Chinese President Xi Jinping a reprieve from escalating tariffs in a trade war that is casting a shadow on global growth, but felt their talks planned for the next day would be productive. Beijing, for its part, said it hoped Washington would meet halfway to settle a bitter trade feud that, along with signs of a global slowdown, has loomed over a two-day Group of 20 summit that began in Japan’s western city of Osaka.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will likely miss the start of the G20 summit in Argentina after her flight was landed unexpectedly due to technical problems. Merkel will fly to Buenos Aires on a commercial flight on Friday with a smaller delegation. The G20 summit begins on Friday amid global dissatisfaction with President Trump’s trade policies.
Over 10,000 protesters took to the streets of Hamburg on Friday where 196 police officers and dozens of protesters were injured, 70 protesters were detained and 15 were formally arrested. The protestors successfully prevented Melania Trump from attending a spousal tour of Hamburg’s harbor by not allowing her to leave the government guesthouse she was staying at. German police were unable to secure the location for her to depart.
Trump has arrived in Europe, and after giving his address in Warsaw, supporting NATO, and being expected today to arrive in Germany to attend the G20 summit where he will come face to face with Putin, he’s been greeted with one message, “welcome to hell.” The signs are plastered all over Hamburg, with an estimated 100,000 protestors coming out against many of the leaders attending the summit, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While most of the protest remains peaceful, it’s estimated that there are around 8,000 protesters who may turn to violence, 20,000 German police forces have been stationed to keep everything under control.
At the G20 Summit which happened earlier this month, unbeknownst to the public, a meeting between Trump and Putin has taken place. This hour long talk has happened between the two men over dinner, just after their official meeting. The White House made a statement saying there was no second meeting as it was only a talk during dinner.
On Saturday, Ivanka Trump briefly took her father’s, President Donald Trump’s, seat at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, sitting among other world leaders. Her action, which is considered a breach of diplomatic protocol, questions her role in her father’s administration. Donald Trump, her brother, Trump Jr, as well as the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, had defended Ivanka’s appearance. Ivanka was also attending a World Bank panel which aims Women in Business where the U.S. has pledged 50 million for the initiative.