G20 Summit a Mixed Bag for Trump

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Leaders of the world’s 20 most powerful economies met for the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, last week to discuss a wide range of multilateral issues, including international trade, climate change, and international security. This was also a chance for U.S. President Donald Trump to meet face to face with his international counterparts, many for the first time. Trump’s side meeting with Russian President Vladimir took center stage.  The U.S. president spent much of his time at the summit in bilateral meetings with other leaders, often neglecting to attend multilateral discussions on issues like the new G20 Compact with Africa initiative. The Cipher Brief’s Fritz Lodge asked Edwin Truman, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for International Affairs for his thoughts about the summit. 

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