G20 summit 2019: Trump meets leaders in Osaka

By Jessie Yeung, Ben Westcott, Kevin Liptak and Steve George, CNN

Updated 10:43 p.m. ET, June 29, 2019
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2:54 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Trump sits down with Brazil President Bolsonaro

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Ben Westcott

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro meets with US President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro meets with US President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

US President Donald Trump is meeting with controversial Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro, his sixth and last major meeting of his first day at the G20.

Conservative Bolsonaro has been previously referred to as the "Trump of the Tropics," elected in October 2018 on a pledge to crack down on crime and grow the economy.

During their first face-to-face meeting at the White House in March, the two unconventional leaders bonded over their dislike of "fake news" and political correctness.

Bolsonaro's trip to the G20 has been anything but smooth. On late Tuesday, a 38-year-old Brazilian Air Force officer traveling with the president's G20 contingent was caught with 39 kilograms (roughly 86 lbs) of cocaine, prompting unwelcome headlines throughout Brazil.

Bolsonaro, who was traveling on a separate plane, reacted to the arrest late Tuesday via Twitter, saying that if proven guilty, the officer would "be judged and convicted by law."

2:22 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

May to call on Putin to "go down different path" at G20 talks

From CNN's Ben Westcott

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a working lunch at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a working lunch at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28. Kiyoshi Ota/AFP/Getty Images

Outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May will use what is likely to be her last meeting as leader with Russian President Vladimir Putin to call on him to end his country's antagonistic actions.

In an interview with Sky News, May said that she would tell Putin his country had to end its use of cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns around the world.

"Russia can go down a different path if it desists from this sort of activity," she said.

May is expected to meet with Putin at 5 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET). The UK leader stepped down in May this year.

May's tone is very different from the attitude of US President Donald Trump, who shared a laugh and a joke with Putin during their meeting in Osaka earlier today.

When asked by a reporter whether Trump would denounce Russian interference in the US elections, Trump wagged a finger at Putin jokingly. "Don't meddle in the election," he said.

2:18 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

World leaders are worried about US-Iran tensions. Here's what you need to know

President Donald Trump signing an executive order imposing new sanctions on Iran on June 24, 2019.
President Donald Trump signing an executive order imposing new sanctions on Iran on June 24, 2019. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The escalating US-Iran tensions are among the main topics of discussion at the G20, with several world leaders calling for de-escalation.

Here's what you need to know about the conflict:

  • How it began: Last week, Iran shot down a US military drone. US President Donald Trump ordered a retaliatory strike on Iran late last week, only to call it off at the last minute.
  • The US response: Trump announced "hard hitting" new sanctions on Iran this week, and threatened Iran with "obliteration."
  • The Iranian response: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said this week that the White House is "suffering from mental disability" and behaving as "no sane person." An Iranian spokesman said the sanctions have closed the "channel of diplomacy forever."
  • Where the world stands: France, Germany, and the UK released a joint statement, saying they are "gravely concerned." French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Crown Prime Mohammed bin Salman have both said they will discuss Iran with Trump at the G20.

2:14 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Women leaders at the G20

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

World leaders attend a family photo session at the G20 in Osaka.
World leaders attend a family photo session at the G20 in Osaka. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool/Getty Images

There were three women in this year’s G20 family photo — one more than last year, but still a near-low for women leaders at the G20 summit. 

The number only appears on track to get lower: British Prime Minister Theresa May will leave office in a few weeks, and her two potential replacements are both men.

2012 and 2013 have seen the highest numbers so far -- five women.

As it happens, one of the themes of this year's G20 is women's empowerment. 

Here's a look at which female leaders participated in past G20s:

  • 2019 — 3 women (British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde)
  • 2018 -- 2 (May, Lagarde)
  • 2017 -- 4 (Merkel, May, Lagarde, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg)
  • 2016 -- 4 (Merkel, May, Lagarde, South Korea President Park Geun-hye)
  • 2015 -- 4 (Merkel, Lagarde, Park, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff)
  • 2014 -- 4 (Merkel, Lagarde, Park, Rousseff)
  • 2013 -- 5 (Merkel, Lagarde, Park, Rousseff, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner)
  • 2012 -- 5 (Merkel, Lagarde, Rousseff, Kirchner, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard)
  • 2011 -- 4 (Merkel, Lagarde, Rousseff, Kirchner, Gillard)
  • 2010 -- 3 (Merkel, Gillard, Kirchner)
  • 2009 -- 2 (Merkel, Kirchner)
  • 2008 -- 2 (Merkel, Kirchner)

2:13 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Trump: "We have no rush" to resolve Iran tensions

US President Trump continued to insist on Friday he's in no rush to find a resolution for tensions with Iran.

"We have a lot of time. We have no rush. There’s absolutely no time pressure," Trump said as he was meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Trump was responding to a question about his message on Iran during the meeting. 

"In the end, hopefully it’s going to work out," Trump said. "If it doesn’t, you’ll be hearing about it."

1:59 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

China's Xi says Middle East is at a "crossroads of war and peace"

From CNN's Serenitie Wang

Chinese President Xi Jinping has met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the G20, according to Chinese state-run media Xinhua.

Xi told Guterres that the Gulf region was "facing a crossroads of war and peace" amid increasingly heated rhetoric between the US and Iran.

Last week, Iran shot down a US military drone. US President Donald Trump ordered a retaliatory strike on Iran late last week, only to call it off at the last minute.

Speaking to Guterres, Xi called for "calm and restraint," saying that players in the region needed to engage in dialogue.

"China has always stood on the side of peace and opposed war," he said.

1:44 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Beijing didn't want anyone bringing up Hong Kong at the G20. Abe raised it in his first meeting with Xi

From CNN's Ben Westcott and Junko Ogura

Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Before the G20, the Chinese government said it would not tolerate any mention of the Hong Kong protests at the international summit.

"Hong Kong affairs are Chinese domestic affairs. Any foreign force has no right to interfere in this," Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Jun told a press briefing Monday.

But apparently Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised it in his very first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday night.

According to Japan's Foreign Ministry, Abe told Xi that it was important for Hong Kong to remain "free and open."

Some background: Up to 2 million protesters have taken to Hong Kong streets in the last two weeks over a controversial extradition bill with China.

The proposed law has been suspended indefinitely -- but Beijing is still very sensitive about the protests. No mention of Abe's comments appeared in the Chinese version of the two leaders' conversation.

3:04 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

"Don't meddle in the (2020) election," Trump jokes with Putin

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

US President Donald Trump attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28.
US President Donald Trump attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US President Donald Trump joked with Russia's Vladimir Putin as the two men sat down at the G20 for their first bilateral meeting at the G20 in Japan.

When asked by reporters if he'd raise the issue of election US interference with Putin, Trump laughed and with a smile told the Russian President to stay out of the 2020 vote.

"Don't meddle in the election," Trump said to Putin, wagging his finger at the Russian leader.

It was a lighthearted moment — in Trump’s mind — that came at the start of the men’s first meeting since the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The US special counsel found after an investigation that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, which he said should concern "every American."

Speaking on Friday, Trump said he enjoyed a “very, very good relationship” with Putin, and said “many positive things are going to come out of the relationship.”

12:22 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Shinzo Abe warns against "tit for tat" trade measures in G20 opening speech

US President Donald Trump sits before screens showing Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28.
US President Donald Trump sits before screens showing Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has officially opened the G20 summit with a warning on global trade tensions.

In his welcoming speech to world leaders, Abe asked that the summit “be one where differences are not highlighted, but common grounds are found.”

“The tension surrounding trade and geopolitics is rising. The responsibility of G20 is to counter such downside risks and take necessary actions," Abe said.

Abe also cautioned that although abrupt changes from globalization can bring the “temptation” for protectionism, “tit-for-tat of trade restrictive measures are to benefit no one.”

“Whatever the trade measure be they must be consistent with WTO agreement. I harbor grave concern regarding the current situation on global trade,” he added.