Trump got an 11 out of 10 at the G20


Why Trump got an 11 out of 10 at the G20


(CNN) Presidents and summits 


And there is every reason for the President to feel he has scored a success. He had his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and, together, they created a new and needed ceasefire in southwest Syria, in the regions of Daraa, Quneitra and Suwayda. They also laid the groundwork for future conversations on issues binding and dividing the two nations.

It wasn't just his meeting with Putin that is noteworthy.

When asked by a reporter whether Mexico would pay for a wall on the US-Mexico border, Trump reiterated "absolutely" in the presence of the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

In his meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping, he stressed the important role China needs to play in keeping North Korea at bay. And throughout the conference, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to withdrawal from the Paris climate accords -- on the basis that it remains a bad deal for America.

Noteworthy here is the President's famous dictum that when he is attacked or done ill, he will strike back in spades. Make no mistake: if at any point the President feels Putin has been double-dealing him on any issue -- cybersecurity, Syria, etc.-- the relationship will suddenly sour.


Australian journalist demolishes Trump at G20: 'biggest threat to the west'


Speaking on Sunday from the G20conference in Hamburg, Uhlmann said Trump had shown “no desire and no capacity to lead the world” and was himself “the biggest threat to the values of the west”.

“He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense that some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him,” Uhlmann said.

“Where was the G20 statement condemning North Korea which would have put pressure on China and Russia? Other leaders expected it, they were prepared to back it, but it never came.”

Uhlmann said Trump was obsessed with “burnishing his celebrity” and had “diminished” his own nation to the benefit of Russia and China.

“We learned that Donald Trump has pressed fast-forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. He managed to isolate his nation, to confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America.

“[He is] a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as president at war with the west’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.”

Uhlmann has been the national political editor of ABC news since 2015, and won a Walkley award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, for broadcast interviewing in 2008