President Trump skipped a special side conference on the COVID-19 pandemic at the G20 virtual summit to play golf in Washington DC as he refused to allow Joe Biden in the US presidential election.
The president also spent time on social media and covered the press for not giving him enough credit for his role in developing a COVID-19 vaccine while promoting the falling death rate – even if the number of cases is increasing across the country.
"Joe Biden was a total disaster dealing with the H1N1 swine flu, would never have made a vaccine in record time (years ahead of schedule), and would do a terrible job of vaccine delivery – but not everyone knows that already!" The president tweeted on Saturday night.
President Trump (right) played a round of golf Saturday after practically attending the first day of the G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this year
The final G20 summit, slated for November 21-22, will likely be his last after the 2020 presidential election is set in favor of Joe Biden – but Trump has not yet conceded
President Trump (right) played golf for the 298th time since he became President of Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on the Sunday after the first day of the G20 Summit
Pictured: President Trump wore a red fleece jacket and "Make America Great Again" baseball cap while playing golf with a friend in Sterling, Virginia
Biden was Barack Obama's vice president in 2009 when a novel type of influenza – the H1N1 virus – spread across the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 60.8 million Americans contracted the flu.
Of those infected, more than 274,000 were hospitalized and 12,469 Americans died from the disease.
More than a quarter of a million Americans have died from COVID-19 this year, despite Trump insisting that his administration did a good job managing the pandemic.
"The fake news doesn't talk about the fact that 'Covid' is running wild all over the world, not just in the US," the president tweeted on Saturday.
“I was at the Virtual G-20 meeting this morning and the biggest topic was Covid.
"We'll heal quickly, especially with our vaccines!"
Despite the rise in the number of cases, the president says he deserves credit for the falling death rate.
"Fake news" forgets "always to mention that far fewer people die when they get Covid," tweeted the president.
"This is due to both our advanced therapeutics and the knowledge gained by our great doctors, nurses and frontline staff!"
The number of COVID-19 deaths has risen in the past few days, as has the number of confirmed cases. However, improved treatments have reduced the risk of dying from the disease.
"Joe Biden was a total disaster dealing with the H1N1 swine flu, would never have made a vaccine in record time (years ahead of schedule), and would do a terrible job of vaccine delivery – but not everyone knows that already!" The president tweeted on Saturday night
"The fake news doesn't talk about the fact that 'Covid' is running wild all over the world, not just in the US," the president tweeted on Saturday
"Fake news" forgets "always to mention that far fewer people die when they get Covid," tweeted the president. "This is due to both our advanced therapeutics and the knowledge gained by our great doctors, nurses and frontline staff!"
The likelihood of coronavirus infection proving fatal has fallen by almost a third since April due to improved treatment, researchers say.
In the US, COVID-19 is now killing about 0.6 percent of people infected with the virus, compared with about 0.9 percent when the pandemic began. This was the result of a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment at the University of Washington.
The seven day moving average for deaths is currently around 1,000 per day.
Speculation about the president's participation in the international event flew all week, but Trump appeared via video conference on Saturday for the 15th annual G20 summit in Saudi Arabia.
However, Trump was spotted on the green shortly after at Trump National Golf Club Washington DC in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles from the White House.
It is the 298th golf trip Trump has taken during his four-year presidency.
According to CNN, Trump had come to the conference at 8 a.m. before skipping the "pandemic preparation side event" and left the White House at 10 a.m. when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke.
Photos showed Trump donning a red fleece jacket and "Make America Great Again" baseball cap despite the 2020 election for President-elect Joe Biden.
Two weeks ago, the Associated Press and several networks named the controversial election race four days after the vote in Biden's favor.
The Trump campaign has since raised allegations of election fraud, accusing Biden of essentially stealing the election.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney and longtime defense attorney, held a press conference Thursday to lament "massive fraud". No evidence was found.
But Trump has claimed that he is the real election winner and has not yet conceded. He messed up the water on Capitol Hill as the possibility of a smooth transition wears off.
If Trump's plan to overthrow the election fails, this final G20 summit will be the last of his administration.
Trump (right) has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 election suffered from multiple cases of election fraud, claiming that Joe Biden may not be the actual winner
Pictured; President Trump (bottom left) sat practically next to Russian President Vladimir Putin during Saturday morning's G20 summit, which could be his last
Pictured: European Council President Charles Michel (lower screen) attends a G20 virtual meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia in the European Council building in Brussels.
The G20 Summit (Group of 20) refers to the annual meeting of world leaders to discuss international economic cooperation.
During the opening speech by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Trump kept his head bowed and appeared to be looking at something off-screen.
Just 13 minutes into the session, Trump turned to Twitter, where he continued to expose election fraud.
"We will show massive and unprecedented electoral fraud," wrote Trump, sharing a statement from Michigan GOP Senator Mike Shirkey.
Trump later wrote; & # 39; Great information on election fraud comes from Georgia! Hold on! & # 39;
Biden was named Georgia's winner after a hand count this week and officials dismissed his election fraud claims.
President Trump posted on Twitter to raise allegations of election fraud during the G20 summit on Saturday morning
President Trump: & # 39; Big information about election fraud comes from Georgia! Hold on! & # 39;
Media representatives who gathered in the International Media Center in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on November 21, 2020, watch on a projected screen as the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz gives a speech at the opening of the G20 summit, which is practically due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic was held
Trump shared opening speeches addressing the U.S. response to coronavirus and the economic recovery. Many of the comments emphasized Trump's "America first" ideology and advocated that Americans should get the coveted virus vaccine first.
Although Trump left the summit on Saturday, the Pandemic Preparedness side event featured commentary on South Korean President Moon Jae-in, French President Emmanuel Macron and several others.
Trump had previously hit the head at similar summits with other world leaders, with differences in climate and international trade.
In 2018, Trump left the G7 summit in Canada prematurely and revoked his signature in the conference's final communique.
He reportedly asked aid workers if attendance was required ahead of the 2019 G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
The Trump administration has been tapped to host the G7 summit this year, but the coronavirus pandemic has got him on the line.
Trump offered to host the post-election event, but CNN reports that it currently has no plans for the meeting before the G7 presidency moves to the UK in January.
CNN reports that he is expected to attend another G20 summit on Sunday morning.
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