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November 30,2018 19:13

The G20 summit: World leaders are gathering in Buenos Aires today and tomorrow for the annual meeting. What it looks like: The leaders will attend G20 sessions, with separate bilateral meetings on the sidelines and an occasional press availability ...

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Updated 1 min ago1:35 p.m. ET, November 30, 2018

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The G20 summit: World leaders are gathering in Buenos Aires today and tomorrow for the annual meeting.
What it looks like: The leaders will attend G20 sessions, with separate bilateral meetings on the sidelines and an occasional press availability.
Trump's swirl of meetings: The US President has a host of meetings with other world leaders, including Xi Jinping of China, Angela Merkel of Germany, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. He won't be meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, but might bump into the Saudi Crown Prince.

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1 min ago
Class photo has fewest female leaders in G20 history
From CNN's Kevin Liptak

Friday's class photo at the G20 included the fewest female heads-of-government than any previous G20 family photo taken since the group began meeting in 2008.
That was due in part to Angela Merkel's absence (her plane was having issues getting to Argentina). But even had she been there, there would have been only two female country leaders -- Merkel and Theresa May -- plus IMF chief Christine Lagarde. That would have amounted to the lowest number since 2010.
The two years with the highest numbers are 2012 and 2013, which saw 5 female leaders both years.
Here are the past female leaders photographed at the G20:

2 women in 2018 (May, Lagarde)
4 women in 2017 (Merkel, May, Lagarde, Solberg)
4 women in 2016 (Merkel, May, Lagarde, Park)
4 women in 2015 (Merkel, Lagarde, Park, Rousseff)
4 women in 2014 (Merkel, Lagarde, Park, Rousseff)
5 women in 2013 (Merkel, Lagarde, Park, Rousseff, Kirchner)
5 women in 2012 (Merkel, Lagarde, Rousseff, Kirchner, Gillard)
4 women in 2011 (Merkel, Lagarde, Rousseff, Kirchner, Gillard)
3 women in 2010 (Merkel, Gillard, Kirchner)
2 women in 2009 (Merkel, Kirchner)
2 women in 2008 (Merkel, Kirchner)

59 min ago
Japanese PM congratulates Trump on "historic victory" in midterm elections, despite Democratic gains
From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

 Daniel Jayo/Getty Images
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered a dose of hyperbolic praise for President Donald Trump as he sat down with the US President on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

"I would like to congratulate you on your historic victory in the midterm elections in the United States," Abe said.
While Trump has touted the midterm election results in such terms, in reality, the midterm election results amounted to a stinging rebuke of Trump as Democrats picked up dozens of seats in the House of Representatives.
The comments epitomized how many world leaders have lavished Trump with praise and flattery, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has credited Trump for the landmark inter-Korea talks.

44 min ago
Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince share an enthusiastic high five

Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman with a wide smile and an enthusiastic high five Friday morning as the G20 session officially began.
It was an usually warm welcome for a leader who is under intense international scrutiny after the murder of a journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Prime Minister Theresa May said she would raise the topic in a meeting with MBS. President Trump exchanged pleasantries with MBS, and told reporters they "had no discussion" but that "we might."
French President Emmanuel Macron also told MBS on the sidelines that “Europeans would like international experts to be part of the investigations into the death of Khashoggi," according to a spokeswoman form Elysee Palace.

1 hr 31 min ago
President Trump sees "some good signs" for trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping
From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

President Donald Trump struck a cautiously optimistic tone on Friday about the prospect of reaching a deal on trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping when the two meet Saturday evening.

"We're working very hard. If we could make a deal that would be good," Trump said during a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Trump said his National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow and his representatives are dealing with the Chinese "on a constant basis" in the lead-up to his dinner with Xi and the President said the US officials are seeing "some good signs."

2 hr 1 min ago
Trump's international trips are often clouded by the Mueller investigation. The G20 is no different.
From CNN's Jeremy Diamond and Kevin Liptak

Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress in the Mueller investigation, exits federal court.
Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress in the Mueller investigation, exits federal court.Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Hanging over Trump's second G20 summit is the latest twist in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation -- and it's not the first time the investigation has followed the President outside the United States.
Trump's international trips have been repeatedly marred by developments in the investigation:

Mueller was appointed as special counsel just two days before Trump's first international trip last May. Trump has expressed before in public and private that the investigation has hampered his diplomatic efforts on the world stage.
While on his flight back to Washington from the G20 last July, Trump and his aides worked to craft a statement on behalf of Donald Trump Jr. concerning the now-infamous meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower a year prior.
A year later, as the President prepared to fly to Helsinki to meet with Putin, the Justice Department announced the indictment of Russian intelligence officers linked to election interference.
Michael Cohen's plea agreement on Thursday is the latest example, and soon after the news emerged Trump moved to scrap his meeting with Putin. The White House insists the cancellation was because of the escalating Russia-Ukraine conflict, even though no new information had publicly emerged.

2 hr 12 min ago
Argentine president urges dialogue and unity in opening speech

Argentine President Mauricio Macri kicked off the all-leader G20 session with a message of unity.
"The essence of the G20 is to foster dialogue while respecting differences," Macri said in his opening remarks, expressing his hope that the summit would "lay the foundations for consensus for the next 10 years."

"Many people look at us and have doubts regarding these summits and what they're good for. It is our duty to show to the world that today global challenges require global responses."
He cited several of these challenges, which the G20 members will discuss during the 2-day summit, including climate change, sustainable development, food security, and international trade.

1 hr 31 min ago
White House says Mueller investigation undermines US/Russia relationship
From CNN's Jeremy Diamond and Kevin Liptak

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blamed special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation for hurting the US's relationship with Russia in a statement on Friday, one day after Trump canceled a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin.

“The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is hopefully now nearing an end, is doing very well. Unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russia. However, the reason for our canceled meeting is Ukraine. Hopefully, that will be resolved soon so that productive conversations can begin."

A few hours later, Trump echoed Sanders, telling reporters the "sole reason" he canceled his meeting was because of "what took place with respect to the ships and the sailors."
"We don't like what happened. We're unhappy about it," Trump said. "On the basis of what took place with respect to the ships and the sailors, that was the sole reason."

2 hr 36 min ago
Argentina's security ministry finds Molotov cocktails near G20 protest site
From CNN’s Ignacio Grimaldi and Claudia Dominguez

Argentina’s Ministry of Security confirmed to CNN that eight Molotov cocktails were found hidden in a burnt taxi cab, close to where anti-G20 protesters were called to gather. They did not detonate, and authorities continue to investigate the incident.
Demonstrations began Friday morning in front of the Argentine Congress in Buenos Aires. The crowd protested against the government's spending policies, as the country slips into a deep economic crisis and battles high inflation.

2 hr 49 min ago
World leaders pose for class photo, with Trump sandwiched in between Macron and Abe
From CNN's Kevin Liptak

The G20 summit has just held its official welcome, in which Argentine President Mauricio Macri shook hands one by one with world and economic leaders.
Afterward, the leaders gathered on stage to take the class photo, an summit tradition.
President Trump was sandwiched between French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe, and seemed to engage in collegial small talk with the two men during the photo.

 LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP
He did not appear to speak with Vladimir Putin or Mohammed bin Salman during the photo.
The summit will now officially begin, with Macri soon to make his opening remarks.

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