Trump isolated at G-20 on climate and trade, returns to mixed reviews

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United States President Donald Trump speaks at a Women and Development event at the G20 summit Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Reviews of President Donald Trump’s first G-20 Summit are mixed in the United States.

Progressives say Trump was unprepared and outmatched; his supporters say he did exactly what his critics believed he would not: confront Russia’s president over election-meddling allegations.

CGTN’s Jessica Stone reports.

At the G-20, his views also set him apart from the other 19 economies, particularly on trade and climate change.

On trade, the G-20 communique condemns protectionism and advocates reciprocal trade frameworks. That notion of reciprocity is something Trump regularly advocates for; the notion of protectionism is something U.S. trading partners often accuse him of supporting.

The communique also makes clear that the United States stands alone in its decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement. In fact, there’s one paragraph devoted to American promises with respect to climate change and a separate one for the other 19 members.

They agree that the Paris agreement is irreversible.

On the DPRK nuclear issue, Trump now has to work with an ROK leader who is more open to dialogue than his predecessor.

Trump has been openly frustrated with the advances in Pyongyang’s ballistic missile program – as evidenced by the recent ICBM missile test — and is pushing Beijing harder for a solution.