G20 Bilats – Day One…

There will be more detailed summaries coming later; however, here’s some of the more interesting aspects so far.   The G20 Osaka, Japan Group Picture:

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As expected the schedule of President Trump’s first set of bilateral discussions seems structured around the Indo-Pacific strategy to counter China’s expansion.  In this strategy within Southeast Asia geopolitics Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the fulcrum for a shifting economic dynamic.

President Trump hosts a bilateral with Prime Minister Abe, and then again hosts a rather unusual trilateral meeting between himself, Abe and India’s Prime Minister Modi.  The three leaders met in a trilateral discussion at the Buenos Aires G20 in 2018.

PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) (In progress.) You were the first state guest to Japan. I would like to thank you for your visit. It was a great honor for us. And so many Japanese citizens had a huge welcome to President Trump.

The G20 Osaka Summit will commence from today. Through the contribution to international challenge and issues solutions, like the sustainable growth of the world economy, I’d like to communicate a strong message: Without the cooperation of the U.S. and Japan, such work wouldn’t be possible.

Once again, I will say, the first state guest in the era of Reiwa, by you, was a historic event. I thank you for your visit. Through G20, we’d like to cooperate so that we can produce good results. Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much, Shinzo. It’s an honor. And we just left Japan, and now I’m back. (Laughter.) That was a quick trip, and it was a great honor to be your first guest. And meeting the Emperor and the Emperor’s family was, really, a very special thing on behalf of the United States.

And I can say we very much appreciate the courtesies — giving out the World Championship to the great sumo wrestler. (Laughter.) He was — you would not want to fight with him. He was great. But that was a very special evening and something that everybody is talking about. All over the world, they showed that. Everybody is talking about it.

But I just want to thank you. And I know we’re going to have a successful day. We’re going to be talking about many things, and we’re going to also be talking about a lot of trade. I appreciate the fact that you’re sending many automobile companies into Michigan, and Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and North Carolina — a lot of our states. I see they’re building all over the United States, a lot of the great Japanese car companies — and other Japanese companies also.

But in particular, the car companies have been terrific. They’re coming in and they’re building magnificent plants. We haven’t had that, and we very much appreciate it.

So we’ll be discussing trade. We’ll be discussing military. And we’ll be discussing the purchase of a lot of military equipment by Japan, and we appreciate that.

Thank you very much. (LINK)


PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) It is indeed a great pleasure that I am able to convene this summit meeting of three countries: Japan, U.S., India. Three countries.

I think we three countries are the foundation of the peace and prosperity of the region. Free and open Indo-Pacific is something that we would like to strive toward, and I’d like to have closer coordination among three countries going forward.

Donald and Prime Minister Modi, I thank you for your cooperation to enable this summit meeting.

Now, please, Donald.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, it’s a great honor to be here and with my two very good friends. We’ve gotten to know each other very well over the last short period of time. And you and I are going to be meeting separately after this meeting.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: But, Prime Minister Modi, thank you very much. And congratulations on your great victory.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: I should say congratulations, really, to both, because Shinzō also had a great victory — a great electoral victory.

So, congratulations to both of you on the tremendous numbers, tremendous success, and tremendous popularity.

You’re doing a great job for your countries. And I’ll see you in a little while. I look forward to it.

PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) Thank you very much. Prime Minister Modi. I won victory in the presidential election of LDP.

And, Prime Minister Modi.

PRIME MINISTER MODI: I am very grateful to you that you have congratulated me for my victory in the elections. Japan, America, and India: JEI — J-E-I. Jai, in Hindi, means “victory.”

We are three countries that support democracy, and we met last time in Argentina and we had the opportunity to meet once again. This new forum — this forum of ours has received a new impetus, and there is a new faith and confidence in our relations. And I am sure that we’ll have meaningful discussions during our meeting.

We have common interests in the area of Indo-Pacific. We would like peace and stability in this region. We are committed to democracy, and therefore we would like a peaceful development and security in this region.

America’s dream has been to make America great again. And, in Japan, they have worked on the basis of Abenomics to take Japan to new heights. And India has called for collective efforts: inclusive growth, (inaudible), and “Make in India.” All our three countries have contributed in some way to the journey to us development in the world. I’m very grateful to you for hosting this meeting. Thank you very much.

Q Are you going to talk to Modi about trade?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’ll be talking trade. We’ll be talking about trade.

Q On the Japan auto tariffs, will you go ahead with the tariffs on the Japan automakers?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We have a lot of things to talk about. It will be very positive. We have a lot of very positive news.

Q Will you be seeking assurances from Japan and India about Iran?

THE PRESIDENT: We have a lot of things to talk about.(LINK)

PRIME MINISTER MODI: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, at the beginning of my second term, I’m really very happy to have this opportunity to meet you. I would also like to express my gratitude after the huge democracy in India. The people of India gave us this huge victory — this landslide victory.

The people of India have reposed — have given me a second mandate. And immediately afterwards, after the victory in the elections, you called me over the telephone and congratulated me. And, two days ago, Secretary of State Pompeo carried a letter from you, which was a very warm letter. Also, it expressed the kind of sentiments that you have towards India, your love towards India. You expressed those issues. Once again, Mr. President, let me thank you.

Secretary Pompeo visited India two days ago. We had an opportunity to have discussions on many issues. Also, he carried, as I said a short while ago, your warm message. Given that we have a time limitation, in this meeting we would like to discuss four issues: Iran, 5G, bilateral relations, and defense relations.

The India-U.S. relations — we have a vision, which is far-sighted and positive. And India is committed to taking forward these relations within this far-sighted and positive vision. We will continuously strive to do so.

Once again, let me thank you, Mr. President, for having taken out time to meet me. Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister. And we’ve become great friends, and our countries have never been closer. I can say that with surety. And we work together in many ways, including military. But we certainly work together on trade, and we’ll be discussing trade today.

You did indeed have a landslide election. That was a great election. Seventy-two percent, as I understand it. And that, in the United States, would be called a very big victory. And you deserve it. You’ve done a great job pulling everybody together. You had many factions.

I remember when you first took over, we were talking, and you had many factions and they were fighting with each other. And now they all get along. And you just — you’ve really brought it together, and I think it’s a fantastic tribute to you and your abilities.

Thank you very much for the relationship and the friendship. And I think we’re going to have a — some very big things to announce. A very big trade deal. We’re doing some very big things with India in terms of trade, in terms of manufacturing, in terms of — we will be discussing 5G. It’s a big subject nowadays, and other things having to do with like manner.

So, it’s been a lot of fun being with you. We’ve had some good talks already. And, again, I think you’ll be hearing some very productive elements come out.

We had a joint meeting with — as you know, as the press was there, we had a very successful meeting with Prime Minister Abe. And we also are going to be announcing some very big trade transactions, some very big trade deals. They’re moving many plants — auto plants — into the United States. And they announced some more this morning, and we’re very happy about that.

So, again, I want to thank you, and I want to congratulate you. And I look forward to talking. Thank you very much.

PRIME MINISTER MODI: Thank you. Thank you.

Q Mr. President, what is the most important thing for India to do on trade?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think we just — we’ll continue to get along with India. India is doing very well as a country. We’re doing very well as country.

We have picked up, as you know, many trillions of dollars in worth and value at the United States. And I think we consider, right now — we’ll be discussing it with Prime Minister Modi — the hottest — we’re the hottest country in the world, the United States, right now. And everybody wants a part of it.

A big factor and a big relationship is that of India, and so we’re going to be discussing many things. All very positive. I think you will see and you will hear it’s all very positive. The relationship with India, as I said, has, I don’t believe, ever been better than it is right now.

Q What’s your message on Huawei, sir?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, it’s something we’re going to be talking about. We understand the subject very well. We actually sell Huawei many of its parts. A lot of people don’t know that, but the United States sells. We have great companies that are the leaders of a lot of what Huawei does, and we sell them a lot. So we’re going to be discussing that and also how India fits in. We’ll be discussing Huawei.

Q Mr. President, what will be your message on Iran?


Q On Iran.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, it’s the same message I’ve been telling you for the last three days. It’s — we have a lot of time. There’s no rush. They can take their time. There’s absolutely no time pressure. I think that in the end, hopefully, it’s going to work out. If it does, great. And if doesn’t, you’ll be hearing about it.

Thank you.

Q How long will you delay the census for, Mr. President? How long will you delay the census for, until we get the citizenship question on?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much everybody.(LINK)

Today the President with met Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to discuss a wide range of issues including Iran’s dangerous activity in the Middle East, stabilizing Libya and the Sahel region, and supporting economic reform in Ukraine. The two leaders also reviewed ongoing negotiations with China and establishing fair standards for global trade.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s great to be with Chancellor Merkel, a friend of mine — a great friend of mine. And we’ve had a terrific relationship.

The trade between Germany and the United States, I think, has reached a — pretty much a high level. We’ll see if we can do even better, but it’s reached a level that it’s never reached before.

And we have many things to talk about, and we have a long meeting scheduled. And we’ll be spending some time later on together also. But I just want to say she’s a fantastic person, a fantastic woman, and I’m glad to have her as a friend.

And thank you very much, Angela. Thank you.



CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (As interpreted.) Thank you. Thank you very much. I very much look forward to our exchange today.
We have a lot on our agenda, especially the fact that German investment in the United States is very important. Not only bilateral trade is important but also German companies are investing a lot in the United States of America.

We’re going to talk about international issues, the developments on the international front too, especially about what has been happening in West Africa. We will be also talking about counterterrorism, and I very much look forward to that exchange. Of course, Iran will also be on our agenda today.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I just passed a television set on the way here, and I saw that healthcare, and maximum healthcare, was given to 100 percent of the illegal immigrants coming into our country, by the Democrats. And, unfortunately, they didn’t discuss what they’re giving to American citizens. That’s not a good thing. So we just passed that, and then I came here.

And I will say that we’re going to have a very interesting time today.

You know, they have a debate going on. They had the first debate last night. Perhaps you saw it. It wasn’t very exciting — I can tell you that. And they have another one going on today. They definitely have plenty of candidates. That’s about it.

So I look forward to spending time with you rather than watching the debate.

Thank you.

Q President Trump, do you think Germany is living up to your expectations for them in terms of their defense commitments?

THE PRESIDENT: The Chancellor is a great friend of mine. She’s a great friend of mine.

Thank you.(LINK)

Today, President Donald J. Trump met with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on the margins of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. President Trump and President Putin reviewed the state of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Russia. Both leaders agreed that improved relations between the United States and Russia was in each countries’ mutual interest and the interest of the world. The Presidents agreed the two countries will continue discussion on a 21st century model of arms control, which President Trump stated as needing to include China. The leaders also discussed the situations in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and Ukraine.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much everybody. It’s a great honor to be with President Putin, his representatives, my representatives.

We have many things to discuss, including trade, and including some disarmament and some — a little protectionism, perhaps, in a very positive way. And we’re going to discuss a lot of different things.

We’ve had great meetings. We have had a very, very good relationship. And we look forward to spending some pretty good time together. A lot of very positive things going to come out of the relationship.

So, Vladimir, thank you very much. Thank you.

PRESIDENT PUTIN: Thank you, Mr. President.

(As interpreted.) Well, I cannot but agree with Mr. President. We have something to discuss here. All the topics have been outlined. We haven’t seen each other since Helsinki meeting, although our teams have been together working and they gave us a great opportunity to follow up on that.

Thank you very much, both teams, for that. Thank you for your time.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you.

Q Mr. President, will you tell Russia not to meddle in the 2020 election?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yes, of course, I will.

Don’t meddle in the election, President. Don’t meddle in the election.

Q Mr. President, are the Ukrainian ships still an issue in the relationship?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We haven’t discussed it. We haven’t discussed it.(LINK)

President Trump delivers remarks on digital trade and the 5G networks:


….. More to follow

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204 Responses to G20 Bilats – Day One…

  1. dallasdan says:

    I have absolute confidence in President Trump being the best possible representative of the USA, together with him being the most intelligent and astute authority and negotiator of all the participants on matters of diplomacy and trade.

    The President makes all of us very proud of him.

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    • G S says:

      The “Trump of the tropics” bow down to the Paris Agreement, breaking another campaign promise.

      I don’t trust Bolsonaro.

      “President Jair Bolsonaro and French President Emmanuel Macron had a 20-minute meeting in Osaka, Japan, during the G20 summit. Bolsonaro assured Macron that Brazil would remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and said he hoped France would support the European Union’s free trade agreement with Mercosur.

      On Thursday, June 27th, Macron had said that he would not sign a trade agreement with Brazil if Bolsonaro withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, threatening to put a brake on the EU-Mercosur trade talks.”



  2. sundance says:

    Check out the seating.

    Shinzo Abe sitting between President Trump and Chairman Xi Jinping.

    What does Trump talk about. The digital risks and security from international 5G technology.

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  3. sundance says:

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    • TMonroe says:

      That needs revision

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    • WSB says:

      Why is she pointing this out?

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      • bertdilbert says:

        She is confused. “White House reporter for Bloomberg. Reporting what I know, not what I think.”

        She must think that Trump walks around with a stick up his ass and is totally surprised that he takes the time to mingle with the common folk. Perhaps she has not noticed that Trump shakes the hand of every graduating military cadet and stops to mingle with our troops when he stop to fuel in Alaska.

        He is one of us and fighting for us. This is totally beyond her comprehension, and thus the confusion.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Exactly. Zero common sense regarding protocol.

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      • Esther says:

        WSB – “Why is she pointing this out?” Hmmm, maybe because she notices how unsafe it is?? After all, Kim’s brother was murdered openly at an airport by the Chinese, who are quite desperate. China has learned how to use proxies of all sorts for their dirty work. Why would the secret service and American contingent allow our president to be ‘swallowed up in a sea of foreign officials an press??” Wasn’t it the press who were found with guns in their luggage sometime back.

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        • Dutchman says:

          She was projecting. A) GOD is protecting DJT, I REALLY believe that.
          B) PDJT did take to heart “God protects those who protect themselves”; he KNEW, coming in that he was going to threaten, by his presence in the Oval office ( trillions at stake) .

          AND, he knew during 8 years of Obama that the,Secret Service was demoralised, a bunch of drunks and whoremongers.

          So, he brought in his OWN security, and ‘shook up’ the leadership of SS.

          So, I don’t worry TOO much, about his security.
          And finally I think WE are his security; if something were to happen, WE wouldn’t wait for, or believe any ‘warren report’; it would be ‘lock and load’; WE all know it, and THEY all know it, lets be honest here.

          So, I sleep well at night, after repeating grandmas prayer, which ALWAYS includes prayers for PDJT, his family and their safety.


        • WSB says:

          Read her Twitter account. It is filled with snarky biting crap about the President. I think she is pointing out vulnerabilities. And shouldn’t be.


          • Esther says:

            WSB, I guess I was not clear. I think Jacob is up to no good, and is alerting those with evil intent. Should have emphasize the sarcasm.

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            • WSB says:

              Ha! Sarcasm is hard in print.

              I wonder if there a pre any LE reading amongst us today. I would feel silly sbout bringing this to anyone’s attention, but smoething is not sitting right with this, IMHO.


              • CM-TX says:

                Isn’t she the same one that was complaining about AF1 arriving early– on the return flight from PDJT’s (initial) Asia tour?

                IIRC: On trip, PDJT gave an in-flight presser… where during he scolded the Press crew. I believe he may have even singled her out at one point– b/c it alarmed me hearing a ref to “people would die.” He was vague of the why. But it sounded like those being scolded, had tried to do something. (It was among the articles here, back when.)


  4. sundance says:

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  6. Dekester says:

    Great stuff Sundance, thank you for in depth post.

    The pictures of Putin and Bolsonaro in particular must be doing the Dems “heads in”

    My goodness what a contrast to the dog and pony show that the Dems and MSM are putting on.

    God bless PDJT

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    • bertdilbert says:

      This may rank as one of the funnier moments.

      Q Mr. President, will you tell Russia not to meddle in the 2020 election?
      PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yes, of course, I will.
      Don’t meddle in the election, President. Don’t meddle in the election.

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      • H.R. says:

        Oh yeah, bert. I’m betting President Putin got a kick out of that. He holds the press corpse in about the same regard as President Trump.

        It took PDJT all of 3-4 seconds and “There you go. Done with that, right before your eyes. Moving right along…”

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        • bertdilbert says:

          Yet somehow, I find it fascinating that the press would have to ask that question after being a headliner for 2+ years. The press mock themselves.

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          • Dixie says:

            They are making complete fools of themselves….in concert with the democrats at the debates. Looks like our VSGPDJT has turned the tables on those evil mischief makers in this country while they were trying to make him look bad.


        • SJTP says:

          “Press corpse”. Absolutely brilliant.

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      • maggie0987 says:

        PDJT could also have said,
        ‘I told him, Cut it out!!!” as Obama maintained he told Putin. Maybe could have done it in the valley girl Obama voice?

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    • Bubby says:

      Speaking of pictures President Trump knows not to wave his hand like a little kid for the group picture something obama never figured out! He is truly an American force for good to be reckoned with on the world stage, first time since Reagan! Godspeed President Trump!

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      • listingstarboard says:

        OH but remember the D.C. ruling elites shuddering over the prospect of such an uncouth outsider like Trump being POTUS! GEOTUS acts with more grace, integrity and strength than any of the professional political class.

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        • Bubby says:

          I’m embarrassed to say I had to look up GEOTUS = god emperor of the United States but I don’t get out much any more. But President Trump is the first President who loves America and is willing to put America first the last 4 certainly didn’t!

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      • President Trump carries one helluva lot bigger STICK than Reagan
        … Trade CONSEQUENCES
        … Pro and Con!

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      • Sportyclays says:

        That’s what happens when being POTUS is your first real job, but your skill set is limited to walking with a clipboard in the ghetto and self-praise…

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  7. A2 says:


    Related to the G20, is today’s meeting on Iran in Vienna.

    “Iran says Vienna meet is ‘last chance’ to save nuclear deal: agency
    3 MIN READ
    LONDON (Reuters) – Iran said Friday’s meeting in Vienna between the remaining signatories of the nuclear deal was the “last chance” to save the accord after the U.S. withdrawal last year and warned Tehran would not accept “artificial” solutions to U.S. sanctions.

    Iran is threatening to exceed the maximum amount of enriched uranium allowed it by the deal, in retaliation for crippling U.S. economic sanctions imposed in the past year.

    It is just days away from that limit, diplomats say, and going over it could unravel the accord.

    Senior officials from Iran and the deal’s remaining parties will meet with the aim of saving the pact. But with European powers limited in their ability to shield Iran’s economy from U.S. sanctions, it is unclear what they can do to provide the large economic windfall Tehran wants.

    On Friday, Iran’s Fars news agency quoted foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi as saying, “I think this meeting can be the last chance for the remaining parties…to gather and see how they can meet their commitments towards Iran.”

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    • dallasdan says:

      Iran issuing ultimatums to anyone is desperate, pathetic, and comical.

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    • givethanks says:

      But with European powers limited in their ability to shield Iran’s economy from U.S. sanctions, it is unclear what they can do to provide the large economic windfall Tehran wants.
      This is profound. They are limited in power to stop sanctions- so the agreement will fail.


  8. sundance says:

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    • ParteaGirl says:

      And….? What’s your point, ABC?

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    • Sunshine says:

      Trump 100% ignored Erdogan but joked with MbS (Erdogan’s nemesis). Subliminal messaging.

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    • treehouseron says:

      The only word to describe these presstitutes is ‘retarded’ as in ‘held back’.

      Their brains have atrophied to the point where they think the President is conspiring with a largely irrelevant former super power… and if the two leaders are in the close physical vicinity of each other there must be something nefarious going on.


    • Electra says:

      Poor Theresa May. Potus ignores her, as he takes his place right in front of her. She looks so hurt, and she can’t seem to keep her eyes off him. Then, she tries to look anywhere but at him–without success. To top it off, as the group is breaking up (around 1:55), Potus turns and looks at her without saying a word. Talk about the cold shoulder. It almost makes you feel sorry for her. Almost.

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  12. RJ says:

    Can you imagine what the previous administration and it’s so called “leader” would do in this moment of time, at this world economic meeting? Hectoring the attendees about LGBT rights, demanding “climate change” positions…oh that list goes on and on where back home the girl who got her start by being on her back or knees with Willie Brown showed us again what a nasty piece of work she truly is (recall the Supreme Court attempted lynching of Bret K.).

    Pandering has been elevated to a new low by the democrats while President Trump goes about shifting economic realities and powers, all to help the United States…that would be us, the citizens, not the illegals.

    And finally, where else could one so easily find the quotes, etc. to this meeting that this web site provides? The American media don’t provide it for we citizens…and we know why!

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  13. Vince says:

    Where are the old globalists, who worked to marginalize President Trump? In the group photograph Macron, May, Trudeau, and Merkel are moving towards the margins, the left edge, the right edge, moving towards the back row.

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      When weak and defeated are among the strong and powerful they begin to “linger” at the edges of the powerful……

      You can almost “smell” their weakness just by viewing them “among” the truly powerful in the world.

      Xi looks “defeated”. May and Merkel seem totally “out of place” amongst this group.

      No one approaches them…..they do not approach the President…..

      Now look at the President and Putin….laughing…touching each other in friendship….same with Saudi Arabia, Japan, India, Australia……The true powers now feeling their strength….

      You can “hear” Democratic Heads exploding heads all over the world.

      Our President has created a “New World” Power structure based on “Nationalism” not “Globalism”.

      You can see it, feel it, ….you can practically smell it.

      The look on their faces: May, Xi, Merkel…..They know….for them…it’s over.

      Their’s a new lead dog in town…..and he’s all ours…

      (On a side note:)

      Can anyone even imagine any of those “idiots” on the debate stage being among that group?……or even “The Hag, Jug Ears…..Could you even imagine what Mooch would be wearing?

      Pray for our President. He’s well on the way to saving the World.

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      • bertdilbert says:

        The Japanese and Chinese hate each other. Xi has to go to Japan to save his country. Abe is seated between Xi and Trump. China media is probably blocking that photo and the tea kettles are boiling mad.

        Meanwhile, Trump has China surrounded with Japan, India and Russia. They are all dependent on good relations with Trump. Their future hangs on it. Trump is placing an economic siege around China.

        It is like Trump having China in a vice and is slowly turning the handle clockwise and at the same time telling the world how great his relationship with Xi is.

        Interesting observation is that Trump starts the bleeding of his opponent, China and Iran as examples, applies the vice and says we are not in a rush to strike a deal. The rest of the world is watching and trying to figure out how not to land in the vice. Very effective.

        Once you land in the vice, it is hard to save face. Yet when a deal is struck, Trump will be the first to say nice things about you. Carrot and the stick at play.

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        • Chimpy says:

          Well written, Bert. Can’t agree with you more.

          PDJT is a master at positioning. By the time that these foreign leaders even realize what is going on, they’ve already lost the battle.


        • 🍺Gunny66 says:


          This is absolutely correct. I have worked in all these countries for over twenty years.

          The Chinese do “Hate” the Japanese. It is visceral. My ex was Japanese.

          While I worked in China I “Could Not” tell them I was married to a Japanese.
          The Chinese would have made me leave the country.

          It is also the same with the Koreans. They Hate the Japanese.

          World War II. The Japanese killed hundreds of thousands of Chinese and enslaved the entire Korean Peninsula.

          The Japanese made the Koreans work in their factories and mines. The people in the allied bombing of Japanese factories were almost all Koreans.

          There is still a very large Korean population in Japan.

          I visited a memorial in Korea dedicated to their dead located in Choenan. Remember when Pence visited the same one, he came out “shocked at the reality of the Japanese brutality.

          The Japanese annexed Mongolia as their own country. My ex’s grandfather was a Sgt.in the Japanese Army during WW II …a cook in Mongolia.

          After Japan was defeated he, and his family had to escape from the Russians to get back to Japan.

          OK….North Korea……
          Question: Who would be the “First” target for NK’s nuke?
          It certainly would not be China…..

          North Korea…and China would make Japan a “Parking Lot” if they could get away with it…and not even bat an eye.

          Who is stoping this? Our President…..now say what you may…

          But Japan owes us “Big Time….and Abe knows this

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          • bertdilbert says:

            Instinctively, I knew you would be the best person to explain the extreme dislike of the various components :). They still show anti Japanese propaganda on Chinese TV. Keeps the masses distracted.

            I totally agree with you, that it was only a matter of time. Had Trump not been elected when he was, China was on a path to showing the dragon. Trump has pretty much saved the world as we know it.

            I told people years ago now that Trump will go down as the greatest leader the world has ever known. Total conversation stopper. That I can tell you.

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          • Terrific post … grateful for your lessons!

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          • givethanks says:

            This is absolutely correct. I have worked in all these countries for over twenty years.

            This is the kind of information that can only be found here on this site. Thank you Gunny for your insights.

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        • NvMtnOldMan says:

          bert–I don’t see any thing in the seating. Abe is the host and sits in the middle and has the two largest economic nations seating next to him. Had Trump been next to Abe and then Xi it would look bad for Xi.


          • bertdilbert says:

            Abe is the host. The guest of honor sits to the right of the host. That would be Trump. The next most important sits to the left of the host. It is only ironic when you view it from the perspective that it makes the appearance that in order for Xi to get to Trump, Abe separates them.

            Trump may say nice things about Xi, but clearly the bond is stronger with Abe. You would not appreciate that without understanding that the Japanese and Chinese do not hang out together.

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        • Perot Conservative says:

          Gunny, North Korea’s first target?

          How could you leave out that they reportedly have 20,000 hardened mountainside missiles pointed directly at nearby Seoul, South Korea? Bigger, denser than Manhattan?

          Kind of a self-inflicted suicide mission, killing a minimum of 50,000 – 200,000 South Koreans the first day.

          I’m also told the Japanese consider themselves #1 in Asia; and the Phillipines are bottom of the barrel?

          A friend has his girlfriend in the Philippines. Her family lives on a hill. When it rains, the water and sewage came down the street and into their living room, under the door. He paid to have a wall constructed out front to prevent this from occurring. Bathroom an outhouse; water carried in. Poverty.


          • Not seeing why the NORKS would destroy their next-door Golden Goose in Seoul
            … with their President Moon literally dying to lay economic eggs for Kim.


          • 🍺Gunny66 says:


            Your argument is mute.

            But, I see your point. I did not say Japan would be their only target.
            However, they lease continue to read below. The North will not attack the South. Stop listening to the MSM.

            And a friend has a friend in the Philippines??????

            I have been to the Philippines many, many, times while in the Marines.
            I know about the Philippines intimately. Subic Bay was the largest US Naval Base in the Pacific.

            The entire Philippine economy was based on the US Military. They had “Nothing” only people…and the money coming from our military.

            What do they, ….the Philippines have to do with Japan? Unless you also include them in their hatred of Japan…

            You seem to just want to argue….But believe me….I have seen how many people live in the Philippines.

            They would build their houses out of US Military MRE cartons. They have no sewage facilities…..They bathe in the creeks and streams.

            And….this is a true fact. If you have or had been to the Philippines back then.
            The only money they could make was if their daughters became prostitutes and provided money back to their families.

            I am not being “cruel”….I myself don’t even consider them prostitutes.
            They are supporting their families because they had no other means of support. They even had medical cards that had to be updated stating they had no sexual diseases.

            You get a girl; “Show me your card” And their goal was to get a military man to take them back to America so they would / could support their families.

            So please do not attempt to surprise me or lecture me on anything Asia.
            I am one of those people who went “Asiatic”.I have been to, or worked at virtually every country in Asia’s

            And……I have many personal South Korean friends. I ask them many times, if they are worried about North Korea.

            They laugh and say. “Anytime that North Korea wants money or food, they shoot off a missle, or make a threat and the South Korean government sends them some money and they stop.

            My Korean friends stated it is so bad in the North that if South Korea invaded or destroyed the South, it would be like they were committing suicide……Because they would then starve to death.

            Thanks for your post.


      • WSB says:

        Well, at least the tailoring of the pant legs shows who has the powa! President Trump, Abe, Xi, and Moon! And then there is the one virgin! LOL! The class picture shows a lot!

        Liked by 2 people

      • It’s wonderful to have a powerful President in command of our destiny, We have been lacking this kind of Presidential gravitas and auctoritas for decades. You are so right that we can see and feel the ground shifting under the world leaders’ feet. They know their globalism is dying. President Trump has pissed on the four corners of the world and taken possession of it!

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      • Dixie says:

        Gunny, I believe that was the best comment of the thread (except for Sundance) and also the best comment you have ever posted. Kudos to you!

        Liked by 3 people

    • mostlyogauge says:

      President Trump gave those people the opportunity to work with him. They did not take advantage of that opportunity. They have been relegated to the sidelines, and rightfully so.


  14. Pyrthroes says:

    May seem bloody-minded, but it’s all we can do to avoid visualizing Bernie, Biden, some absolute Rat non-entity like Fauxcahontas or Camel-toe, simpering in its proletarian clogs while Abe, Modi, Hsi, Putin et al. regard its “strong stand for Ostrich Fetalism [Fetal Ostrichism?]” as heralding a globulist (sic) New Order, making the world safe for freeloading, “safe-space” creeps-and-thugs.

    Not to worry about November 2020… as of 3:10 pm on Tuesday, November 8th 2016, not one major print or TV “news outlet” in America gave MzBill less than 4-to-1 odds of beating Trump. Discounting per Census-based district populations, DJT won the Electoral Vote 304 : 227 (33.9%); the legitimate popular vote by 63 : 58 million (8.62%); the national County vote by 3.084 : 3,141– an astonishing 98.2%, quite the body-politic room temperature.

    As in 1972, 1984, scuttering Rats’ McGovern, Schmondale types will emit heart-rending bleats-and-squeaks, banging highchairs the Day After when, like deviant Klimat Kooks, their bizarre-o self-delusions meet reality.

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    • The Democrats right now IMHO do not have any credible candidate. They’re all standing around doing the “politics as usual” thing, as they’re used to doing for decades, when they are faced with a President who is absolutely unlike anyone who came before him – and who is a harbinger for the future. A perfectly serious question is whether or not the Democratic Party will continue to be part of that future, at all. Right now it does not look that way to me. “Politics has changed forever, and they have not.” They’ve got about a year and a half to figure out that “navigation by weather-vane” is not a viable strategy anymore.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Perot Conservative says:

        A lot can happen in 18 months. Thankfully, PT avoided the Iran trap, for now.

        No news on Japan ag deal? We’ve had people say if we don’t get a deal in a few months, large contracts may be licked in with Canada and Australia (TPP).

        Liked by 1 person

      • A classic: “navigation by weather-vane”
        Well said.


      • D-rats will NEVER “figure it out”.

        POTUS will SCHOOL them.


      • TheLastDemocrat says:

        Bernie was straight up: his answer is that we shouldn’t quibble about how much to tax, etc., but the entire system has to be CHANGED. No politics as usual there.
        As with Oprabama, if he warns you that he wants to fundamentally change the country, we should heed what he says.


  15. JustScott says:

    If you read the article, this *might* be a Sputnik spin, but on the surface, doesn’t sound good for Modi.

    “The Modi government had imposed retaliatory tariffs on 28 American goods after Trump removed India, in early June, from the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme, which gives duty-free access to the US for products made in developing nations.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): In response to US President Trump’s demand that India withdraw the retaliatory tariffs it placed on 28 US goods on 16 June, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested on Friday that he look beyond the steps that have been already taken, including the retaliatory tariffs that New Delhi imposed earlier in the month.”


    Liked by 2 people

  16. MfM says:

    The formal photograph is totally choreographed. Who stands were is determined by length in office and other concerns. Except for the host nation, they get front and center.

    Nice to see Trump’s move from the outer edge towards the middle.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. sarasotosfan says:

    Was Merkel put on the side so she could easily be cropped out?

    Liked by 3 people

  18. Alex Pazzo says:

    I can imagine all of the world leader watching the socialists debate thinking “ok let’s make trade deal now instead of December of 2020”

    Liked by 2 people

    • mariner says:

      I can’t imagine any “world leaders” believing there will be a change in the White House in December 2020.

      Liked by 1 person

      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        Yep…..there has been a “shift”….
        they can no longer “Wait” for our President to “lose” the election…..

        Now…they must make the deals “Now” before our President wins in 2020…


        Liked by 2 people

      • swissik says:

        @mariner, maybe not so much believing but most certainly hoping for as well as manipulating what they can in order to promote a change in the WH. With a couple of exceptions, the European countries hate the president as much as the US media et al does. It is obvious if you read some of the major European newspapers.


        • sturmudgeon says:

          swissik: “It is obvious if you read some of the major European newspapers.” There is your ‘faulty assumption’… the newspapers are NOT the people(s) of the European countries…


  19. aisheschayal says:

    So many important meetings going on with world leaders for President Trump on important issues affecting our Country and what is the press focusing on? – will you tell Putin not to meddle in our election – I hate our press, they are an embarrassment to our Country.

    Liked by 15 people

  20. Elle says:

    I love Diplo-speak:

    PJT to Abe: So we’ll be discussing trade. We’ll be discussing military. And we’ll be discussing the purchase of a lot of military equipment by Japan, and we appreciate that.
    Translation: We are BFF’s.

    “Modi to Trump Given that we have a time limitation, in this meeting we would like to discuss four issues: Iran, 5G, bilateral relations, and defense relations.”
    Translation: We’ve got the trade thing in the bag, we want to talk military like you are doing with Abe.

    Trump to Modi after praising the trade between the two countries: “And we work together in many ways, including military. But we certainly work together on trade, and we’ll be discussing trade today.”
    Translation: we’ll be talking about trade, not military.

    Trump to Merkel: “The trade between Germany and the United States, I think, has reached a — pretty much a high level. We’ll see if we can do even better, but it’s reached a level that it’s never reached before.”
    Translation: I got nothing to say other than “She’s great!” and we’ve likely peaked on trade with Germany.
    Merkel to Trump:
    “We’re going to talk about international issues…”
    Trump to Merkel [ignores] I walked by a television and how ‘bout them dopey dems

    Trump to Putin: “And we look forward to spending some pretty good time together”
    Translation: Only a “pretty good” time. Not meriting a superlative like everyone else did. .

    Liked by 11 people

    • Trump Translation: we’ll be talking about trade, not military.

      BECAUSE he put the kibosh on Modi’s proposal that India manufacture USA Weapons
      … since they’re already producing Russian Antiaircraft Systems, etc.


  21. Doc Moore says:

    I guess the front and center fat guy in the bathrobe failed to read the dress code memo.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. StanH says:

    Thank God for our great President Donald J Trump. How blessed we are that we have this great man negotiating on behalf of the USA as opposed to a treasonous NWO twit.

    KAG! …by continuing USA first policies.

    Liked by 6 people

  23. bluebongo says:

    ESGPOTUSDJT’s comment to Merkel about the Democrat debate being “not very interesting” must have had her pegging the dial on her electric muscle calming device…

    Liked by 3 people

    • swissik says:

      It would be classy if the number of Treepers commenting about Merkel’s health issue(s) would cool the rhetoric. It has no bearing on the current events, imo.


  24. GB Bari says:

    Modi / India doesn’t sound like it’s interested in dealing with the US (Trump). Raising 28 new tariffs on imports from the US is not a friendly gesture just before the G20 and in the face of US-China trade issues where India could be a beneficiary. That’s like a store raising all of it’s prices by 15% and then offering a 10% discount.

    That entire Southeast Asian conglomeration is a snake pit. I wish President Trump well. If anyone is prepared to deal with the snakes, he is.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Publius2016 says:

      Modi is elected by Indians so tariffs work…India is one of the most regulated markets anywhere!

      Trade deals can have protections…there are more than 1.2 billion Indians with more than half in poverty…they need everything…thats why most of these Indian tariffs make little sense…

      Liked by 2 people

  25. So Little Cankles has been shove in the corner (at least in the group pic). And I thought she was the “leader” of the globalist world. Have not heard much from her since Germany’s last election.

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Troublemaker10 says:

    Liked by 2 people

    • MfM says:

      If you watch closely this video above that Manny Ottawa posted shows the leaders looking on the ground for their placement. Their location is all decided ahead of time. I’ve read it’s loosely related to time in office and likely how important you/your country is to how close you are to the center. The only reason I can think of for Merkel to be way off to the side? Maybe her health scares lately, this way if she didn’t show they didn’t have to redo the photo if she was a no-show.

      This video from a few years ago shows the markings on the floor very clearly.

      Liked by 1 person

      • facebkwallflower says:

        Merkel and May in bright coats. They should stick to the business uniform. Can uyou imagine if President Trump wore a red coat with black slacks? Or a powder blue? Red for a business meeting? As your dominant color? Want to still be a woman, then wear a classy, tailored dark skirt suit. Wearing the colors is so out of it, screaming the worn out and no-longer true, “I am woman hear me roar.”. Want equality? Behave equal.

        (Disclaimer: I am NOT a male chauvinist pig. Not even a man.)

        Liked by 1 person

        • Alligator Gar says:

          Strongest women lawyers I ever went against wore dark charcoal pinstripe pencil skirt suits or black skirt suits and stilettos. Sharks, man. Sharks. Razor sharp sharks. They did not need colorful costumes to let everyone know they meant business.

          Liked by 2 people

        • I agree and I am a woman as well. They want to do serious work and then dress in silly bright colors. Wear a dark suit on serious occasions. Wear silly bright colors to casual occasions.

          Liked by 2 people

    • FrankieZee says:

      Wow, the President gets along really well with King Salman. See them talking and laughing. That is awesome. And everyone wants to meet him.


  27. Sunshine says:

    The mention of Trade at 0:20 – Trump: …we’ll see if we can do even better…
    Merkel immediately pulls away and clasps her hands tightly, serious eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Deplorable Canuck says:

    Donald Trump is shaping up to be the greatest Presidential statesman the US has ever had, even greater than my once all time favourite president, Regan. The USA has never looked better on the world scene IMHO.

    I am very happy that in the last 6 years of my work life (retiring soon, yeh!!!) we will have Republican government in the USA. Canada has always prospered when Republicans held the white house. Now to get a conservative government here in October, and things would be really looking up. Thanks again America, for giving us President Trump.

    Liked by 3 people

    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      Maybe you have to shove Quebec out of the nest to do that.

      Quebec has thrown tantrums for decades to be free, so………

      Liked by 1 person

    • sturmudgeon says:

      Deplorable: Doubt it will change for Canadians as a whole, until they change the ‘votes’ system so that Ontario and Quebec alone, are unable to determine what develops for voters in the other Provinces… good luck in the Fall… but, remember ‘socks’ is spending al lot of YOUR money in your media, in order to guarantee his continuance…


  29. Very nice comment about Democrats: “They have plenty of candidates. That’s about it.”

    Yep, that just about sums it up … 😀

    Liked by 2 people

  30. Garavaglia says:

    Realigning the planet.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Troublemaker10 says:


  32. islandpalmtrees says:

    Does anyone have a better audio track for the opening?


  33. gawntrail says:

    Looks like G38 from that group photo.


  34. gawntrail says:

    Looks like G38 from that group photo.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. SPECULATION: POTUS could impose REPARATIONS on Huawei for IP Theft by authorizing a USA Consortium to DUPLICATE Huawei’s 5g TECHNOLOGY … and BLOCK ALL SALES of embedded USA Technology to ANY organization related to Huawei or China!

    Liked by 1 person

  36. James F says:

    CNN: Tardy Trump single-handedly ruined the dinner party!

    Or maybe not.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. Nigella says:

    I wonder why Melania didn’t go?


    • JMC says:

      There’s no real role for her there. POTUS will be wheeling and dealing with scores of people, and Melania would probably be wretched, knowing she was losing out on quality time with Barron and other loved ones at home.

      Liked by 1 person

  38. Richard Orberson says:

    I would expect that Mr. Trump will do as much as possible to replace China in the world market with India. Soon India will become the primary manufacturer 4 everyday objects.


  39. InAz says:

    There are economic sites that constantly attack President Trump, claiming the usual…. the economy is ruined, President Trump needs to thank MaoObama for the good economy, other countries don’t want to do business with President Trump, the global economy is best and protectionism is a disaster, President Trump knows nothing about business because he went bankrupt….etc etc etc

    Some sites are worse than others.


    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      I hear you.

      There was one that used to be half-way decent until President Trump announced in 2015, and now they are give over to total Voo-Doo Economics!

      They have become 100% worthless.


  40. fangdog says:

    Name one Democratic candidate who has the competence as Trump for representing the United States at this G20 meeting. Can you imagine __________ fill in the blank of a Democrat candidate name and then think about it.


  41. rvsueandcrew says:

    BTW, it was very clever and quick thinking of POTUS to initiate a tri-lateral fist bump when someone shouted out “shake hands!” He eliminated the question of who shakes hands first and also created a great photo for the occasion.

    Liked by 1 person

  42. Merkel looks so oversized, she is about to pour out of the photo, which is bursting at the seams because of her Der Heft.

    This is Angelah at her best, negotiating with Emmannuelle Micron:


  43. ATheoK says:

    Ms. T. May sure sticks out like a sore thumb in that first group shot.


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