Jul eight, 2017 @ 20:54

by Hui Min NEO / Agence France-Presse

From US First Lady Melania Trump’s travails to the reserved German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s facial twitches, listed here are among the anecdotal moments that livened up this 12 months’s G20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg.

Bad day for Melania

US First Lady Melania Trump was due to go on a cruise tour with different spouses of G20 leaders, however was as an alternative trapped at her residence as anti-globalisation demonstrators went on the rampage, smashing store home windows and burning vehicles.

She lastly emerged. But her husband Donald was locked in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“There are so many issues on the table… Just about everything got touched upon… Neither one of them wanted to stop” speaking, mentioned US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“I believe they even sent in the First Lady at one point to see if she could get us out of there, but that didn’t work either… We did another hour. Clearly she failed!” he added.

Ivanka steps in

For a second at the G20 summit Saturday the United States was represented by one other Trump, when the president’s daughter Ivanka took a seat at the desk of world leaders.

The 35-year-old former trend mannequin sat across the desk with Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Angela Merkel and Theresa May, diplomats and the White House confirmed.

Ivanka had been at the again of the room however “briefly joined the main table when the president had to step out,” a White House official advised AFP.

That shortly sparked an storm, with historian Anne Applebaum slamming what she known as “an unelected, unqualified, unprepared New York socialite” being seen as “the best person to represent American national interests.”

Macron warms up to Trump

If a video of France’s President Emmanuel Macron swerving away from Trump to greet different leaders was a key picture trending on social media websites throughout a NATO summit earlier this 12 months, at the G20, there seems to have been a transparent rapprochement between the younger chief and the US property tycoon.

Macron was firmly at Trump’s aspect at key “family photo” periods of the leaders. He even inserted himself to the far proper of your complete group at one pictures session, saving the US chief from being at the sting of the image.

At a morning session on Saturday, Macron was seen greeting Trump enthusiastically.

The French chief leaned in direction of the US chief at one level, sparking questions on whether or not he provided him a peck on the cheek.

But journalists at the scene say it was a extra of a hug.

Who had been they clapping for?

Trump, among the many final leaders to arrive at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie live performance corridor for a cultural night, appeared to be greeted by a spherical of applause as he stepped out of his armoured car.

The US chief gamely returned an enormous smile.

It turned out that the applause was for Macron, who pulled up simply behind Trump, German media reported.

Merkel rolling her eyes at Putin

An animated encounter between Merkel and Putin has been making the rounds on social media, with questions abuzz about what the 2 leaders mentioned.

Walking into the convention room, Merkel lifted a hand and traced what appeared to a motion of a projectile.

But Putin held up a finger, showing to then supply his model of the identical gesture, prompting the often poker-faced German chancellor to roll her eyes.(AFP)

Source: politics.com.ph