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4 Storylines to Watch as Trump Attends G20 Meeting in Argentina

The president is scheduled to attend the G20 summit in Buenos Aires this week, and he has issues to settle with several other G20 participants.

By NTK Staff | 11.27.2018 @10:00am
4 Storylines to Watch as Trump Attends G20 Meeting in Argentina

President Trump will fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday to attend the G20 Summit. There, he’ll meet with leaders of some of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world with several current foreign policy conflicts and crises underway.

Much of the media attention has focused on Trump’s anticipated meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where the two will likely discuss the hot trade war between the U.S. and China that has resulted in tens of billions of dollars in tariffs.

Indeed, the Xi meeting will be one of Trump’s most important of the two-day swing through the G20. But other G20 participants will surely want to get a word in with Trump, or vice versa, as well.

Here’s NTK Network’s four storylines to watch for the G20. See the complete list of G20 participants here.


As mentioned, Trump and Xi will likely meet at the G20, with free-trade supporters and the global business community hoping the two find an off-ramp, or at least a “cease-fire,” on escalating tariffs.

The Associated Press reported:

Trump is to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, during the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday and Saturday. Unless the two leaders can achieve a truce of sorts, their conflicts will likely escalate: On Jan. 1, the tariffs Trump has imposed on many Chinese goods are set to rise from 10 percent to 25 percent, and Beijing would likely retaliate.

Most analysts say they doubt Trump and Xi will reach any overarching deal that would settle the dispute for good. The optimistic view is that the two sides may agree to a cease-fire that would buy time for more substantive talks and postpone the scheduled escalation in U.S import taxes.

One open question is whether Trump wants to end the trade war. He has not hesitated to levy tariffs over the past year and likely wants to be seen as tough on China.


As NTK Network noted on Monday, the Russia-Ukraine crisis has escalated to its worst level in years. The latest tipping point appears to be the Russian seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships.

With UN Ambassador Nikki Haley pledging action, all eyes will be on Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin – especially if they decide to meet.

Of course, the U.S.-Russia relationship hinges on more than just Ukraine. Also at issue are Syria, sanctions, NATO, eastern Europe, Russian interference in U.S. elections, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.


Saudi Arabia will send a delegation to the G20 at an awkward time for Saudi Arabia’s relationships with the world – especially in the U.S., after the killing of American resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Any U.S. delegation meetings with Saudi Arabia may come on the heels of a Senate vote that would “end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen,” The Washington Post reported Monday.

Trump has pledged a continued relationship with Saudi Arabia – it’s a project his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has invested time and effort in – but pressure will be on Trump and other foreign leaders to condemn Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in Khashoggi’s killing.


Though he is skipping the summit due to his impending inauguration, Mexican President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be immediately charged with managing a tense relationship between his country and its northern neighbor.

Trump is regularly on the attack against Mexico, accusing the country of not doing enough to control illegal immigration from Mexico into the U.S.

Since some Mexican officials will attend the G20 summit, expect questions about the new Trump-Obrador relationship to hang over the meeting.

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