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The world makes room for Trump

Story Continued Below So at about 5 on Saturday morning, after almost a week of intensive negotiations, sherpas wrote a…

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So at about 5 on Saturday morning, after almost a week of intensive negotiations, sherpas wrote a tricky line in the fourth paragraph of his draft communique: “We note current problems. “

Trump also has problems with the climate change agreements in Paris. However, instead of arguing that point, 19 of the G-20 leaders used the document to confirm their commitment to combating global warming and a separate paragraph was written about Trumps Single Resistance.

“The United States reiterates its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and confirms its strong commitment to economic growth and access to energy and security by exploiting all energy sources and technologies while protecting the environment,” they wrote.

White House was proud. And the rest of the G20 could hardly have been happier.

Almost two years into a world controlled by Trump, the globe has been adjusted. Leaders of other major economic powers have learned – and accepted – that they fail to change Trump’s views either through a logical argument or a charm. So their goal is to Do not agree to disagree, to avoid making crime even when Trump is offensive. In other words, the best way to protect the multilateral system is to let Big Guy go their own way, even though they hold him at the table. That was what they did in Buenos Aires. And the G-20 continues to resurrect in Osaka in 2019.

The Trump Administration seemed particularly pleased with a provision in communication requiring reform of the World Trade Organization – a goal shared by the European Union, partly because it considers that a more robust WTO should force Trump himself to play according to the rules.

“Today is a good day for the United States. G-20 has only adopted a communique by unanimity,” said a leading white post in Buenos Aires, speaking on terms of anonymity. “It is a consensus that meets many of the United States biggest goals. I really think the main heading is about trade reform. For the first time, the G20 acknowledged that the WTO is not currently meeting its goals and is in need of reform.”

In other words, Trump can read the same lines in communication differently than the other 19 leaders, but then what? He is on board.

“We also did a good job of promoting US pro-growth policies,” said White House official. “We highlighted US growth policy. We have languages ​​in communication about President’s Work Environment Development Initiative and talk about how we need to redesign workers to make use of technology and make the most of the modern economy.”

“Finally, we had a paragraph where we specifically preserved and explained our position as to why we go back from the agreement to kill Paris,” said White House officials, adding: “I think across the board it was really a resounding success. “

Other nations were more pleased about the continued shared vision for a well-functioning regulatory system. The EU triumphed in particular in a line of communication that said: “We renew our commitment to work together to improve a rules-based international system that can respond effectively to a rapidly changing world.”

Trump, Of course, it’s not always that big to work together.

An EU official described a tense negotiation process in the development of communications, which included a careful step-by-step process to ensure Washington was on board all the time, and that serious tensions on US-China trade do not save the trial. The effort was assisted by an experienced Canadian diplomat and a veteran Russian sherpa.

The EU official acknowledged some frustration over how certain superpowers, including China and the United States during Trump, sometimes violated the rules. “It’s annoying,” said the official.

“It was a problem for the US to say there are trade tensions,” said the EU official. “So you will see the sentence is a little weird,” We know there are trade problems. “It is not a very nice sentence. It was received at five in the morning.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that a decade after the first summit of the G20 meeting was exposed to serious threats and did not necessarily provide all the answers. .

Multilateralism “has to be combated,” said Merkel. “But we do it. It’s gotten harder. The fact that Paris was created was a good moment, although this great moment was not enough to solve the problem.”

But her and other leaders celebrated the summit as a Success. Argentine president Mauricio Macri said the communication showed that the G20 was “a common space for dialogue and cooperation.”

The French president Emmanuel Macron, who has been in sharp odds with Trump in recent weeks, was praised by the G -20 cooperation. “With Donald Trump we really got an agreement,” said Macron. ” This G-20, these discussions that we have allowed us to agree on, and what disagreements may occur in some subjects, to build a common road. “

At his own press conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said:” The world is looking at the G20 to deal with the major issues we face and these are things we have done in the communica- tion and around the world. table. “

Early in his presidency, Trump openly raised his attendance at international summits. But the White House Adjunger said that Trump has become more confident in the world city in recent months, having built relationships with foreign leadership and gaining knowledge about political issues. Administration officials have followed because they have learned how to go hand-to-hand with negotiators from other countries.

Similarly, world leaders and their highest alternates have learned to live with Trump. are the days when the US President’s unpopular foreign policy statements panicked. Instead, foreign officials remain calm, focus on areas of agreement and, most importantly, try to find ways to get on Trump’s good side.

Maybe there was no better example of the smacking factor than the Japanese prime minister Shinzö Abe praised republican performance in that recently completed mid-term election, despite the fact that the GOP lost the house.

“I would like to congratulate you on your historic victory in the midterm of the United States,” he told Trump in Buenos Aires.

G-20 may also have benefited from the fact that Trump and White House saw a Saturday meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the most important event in Argentina. In fact, the high guides did not pay attention to the negotiations on the G20 communication, leaving most of the work to lower-level officials.

In the end of the meeting Trump-Xi, senior officials were experienced lively around the president’s hotel, rushing to prepare sessions. Although leading Chinese and American officials had discussed the outlines for a potential trading department for weeks, few did not know exactly what would be decided until hours before the meeting.

But when it comes to surprises from Trump, the rest of the world now seems to be surprised only when there is no surprise.

Doug Palmer contributed reporting.

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