Trump visits Europe for G-20 summit on 2nd overseas trip

Leaders from the world’s leading economies broke with U.S. President Donald Trump on climate policy at a G20 summit on Saturday, in a rare public admission of disagreement and blow to multilateral cooperation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, keen to show off her skills as a mediator two months before a German election, achieved her primary goal at the meeting in Hamburg, convincing her fellow leaders to support a single communique with pledges on trade, finance, energy and Africa.

But the divide between Trump, elected on a pledge to put “America First”, and the 19 other members of the club, including countries as diverse as Japan, Saudi Arabia and Argentina, was stark.

Last month Trump announced he was pulling the United States out of a landmark international climate accord clinched two years ago in Paris.

Trump’s shift to a more unilateral, transactional diplomacy has left a void in global leadership, unsettling traditional allies in Europe and opening the door to rising powers like China to assume a bigger role.

Tensions between Washington and Beijing dominated the run-up to the meeting, with the Trump administration ratcheting up pressure on President Xi Jinping to rein in North Korea and threatening punitive trade measures on steel.

Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time in Hamburg, a hotly anticipated encounter after the former real estate mogul promised a rapprochement with Moscow during his campaign, only to be thwarted by accusations of Russian meddling in the vote and investigations into the Russia ties of Trump associates.

Putin said at the conclusion of the summit on Saturday that Trump had quizzed him on the alleged meddling in a meeting that lasted over two hours but seemed to have been satisfied with the Kremlin leader’s denials of interference. (Reuters)

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The Trumps head home

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way to board Airforce One after the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet

President Donald Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit, Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping arrive for a meeting

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Ivanka Trump is in attendance

Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, attends a working session at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. (Photo: Michael Sohn/AP)

Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump shake hands

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaches to shake hands with President Donald Trump during the bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Donald Trump arrives for a G-20 session

President Donald Trump arrives for a working session at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. (Photo: Markus Schreiber, pool/AP)

Donald Trump and Minister Theresa shake hands

President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May shake hands during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)

Panelists pose for media

From left: the manager of Holmarcom Group, Meriem Bensalah, the daughter of President Donald Trump, Ivanka, the founder of Enda inter-Arabe, Essma ben Hamida, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, the founder of Quali Health, Nthabiseng Legoete and an unidentified participant pose for media as they take part in a panel discussion “Launch Event Women’s Entrepreneur Finance Initiative” during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. (Photo: Michael Kappeler/Pool Photo via AP)

Donald Trump and Angela Merkel attend an event

Participants of the “Launch Event Women’s Entrepreneur Finance Initiative”, among them President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the “Women’s Entrepreneurship Finance Event” at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. (Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

A demonstrator holds a placard

A demonstrator holds a placard with the face of President Donald Trump and the slogan ‘Bla Bla Bal G20 Bubbels’ while he attend a march against the G20 Summit with the topic ‘Solidarity without borders instead of G20!’ on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Delegates attend the dinner

Delegates attend the official dinner at the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. (Photo: Kay Nietfeld,Pool/Reuters)

Donald Trump attends the dinner

President Donald Trump attends the official dinner at the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. (Photo: Kay Nietfeld,Pool/Reuters)

G20 family photo prior to a concert

(2nd row L-R) Wife of French President Brigitte Trogneux, French President Emmanuel Macron, First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump as German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen in front during a family photo prior to a concert at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Photo: Ludovic Marin,Pool/Reuters)

Donald Trump arrives at the concert hall

President Donald Trump arrives at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

Vladimir Putin talks to Donald Trump

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Donald Trump shakes hands with Vladimir Putin

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

A giant statue depicts Donald Trump

A giant statue depicting President Donald Trump is seen during the Greenpeace protest at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

Donald Trump meets with Enrique Pena Nieto

President Donald Trump meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump confer

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump confer at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: John MacDougall/Pool/Reuters)

Before the beginning of first working session of the G20 Nations Summit

President Donald Trump (L) talks to the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) while German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen in the background before the beginning of first working session of the G20 Nations Summit with the topic ‘Global Growth and Trade’ on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Donald Trump looks on

President Donald Trump looks on at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Germany G20

From left: US President Donald Trump, China’s President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri and Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull turn around for photographers at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Friday, July 7, 2017. (John MacDougall/Pool Photo via AP)

Emmanuel Macron passes President Donald Trump

French President Emmanuel Macron passes President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

G20 leaders pose for a family photo

French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, South African President Jacob Zuma, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and other leaders pose for a family photo at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. (Photo: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)

Donald Trump arrives

President Donald Trump arrives for the first working session of the G20 Nations Summit with the topic ‘Global Growth and Trade’ on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Attendees on the first day of the summit

From left: Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May attend the “retreat meeting” on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Friday July 7, 2017. (Photo: John MacDougall/Pool Photo via AP)

Angela Merkel greets Donald Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets President Donald Trump upon his arrival for the first day of the G20 economic summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump walks to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

President Donald Trump walks to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after arriving at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. Merkel is welcoming leaders of the Group of 20 global economic powers to a two-day summit in Hamburg. The meeting at the city’s trade fair center opens Friday with a discussion on fighting terrorism — one of the least contentious subjects on an agenda that also includes global trade and climate. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Angela Merkel and Donald Trump shake hands

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, greets President Donald Trump at the start of the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Friday, July 7, 2017. (Photo: John MacDougall/Pool Photo via AP)

Donald Trump meets with Shinzo Abe and Moon Jae-in

President Donald Trump, center, meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in before the Northeast Asia Security dinner at the US Consulate General Hamburg, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Angela Merkel meets Donald Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets President Donald Trump on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017. (Photo: Matthias Schrader, Pool/Reuters)Q

Workers unroll a red carpet

Ramp workers unroll a red carpet as President Donald J. Trump and the first lady Melania Trump arrive at Hamburg Airport for the Hamburg G20 economic summit (Photo: Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Melania head to Germany

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for their trip to Germany, at Warsaw Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Donald Trump gives a public speech

President Donald Trump gives a public speech in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

People hold portraits of President Trump and President Duda

People holding portraits of President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda wait for President Donald Trump’s public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

Donald Trump delivers a speech

President Donald Trump delivers a speech at Krasinski Square at the Royal Castle, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Warsaw. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Ivanka Trump waves

Ivanka Trump smiles and waves as she arrives with her husband Jared Kushner, senior advisor of President Donald Trump, for President Donald Trump’s speech in Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, July 6, 2017.(Photo: Petr David Josek/AP)

A man waits for Donald Trump to speak

A man waits before U.S. President Donald Trump’s main public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

Polish security forces guard Krasinski Square

Members of the Polish security forces use binoculars prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech in Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, July 6, 2017.(Photo: Alik Keplicz/AP)

Melania Trump meets with Poland’s first lady

First Lady Melania Trump, left, smiles during a meeting with Poland’s First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Dudain Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, July 6, 2017.(Photo: Petr David Josek/AP)