Trump and world leaders attend G20 summit

By Angela Dewan, Brian Ries and Jessie Yeung, CNN

Updated 5:22 a.m. ET, December 2, 2018
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7:12 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018

Kudlow: Xi meeting went "very well"

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

Larry Kudlow, the President's top economic adviser, tells reporters the meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping went "very well."

7:11 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump aboard AF1

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Donald Trump has boarded Air Force One without speaking to reporters following his meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

He was accompanied by the first lady as he boarded the plane.

6:31 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018

Trump-Xi meeting ends after 2.5 hours

From CNN’s Kevin Liptak 

The dinner meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping has ended after roughly two-and-a-half hours.

The result of the talks aren’t yet known. Trump is on his way to the airport. 

6:32 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018

Putin: War will continue with current Ukrainian leadership in power

From CNN's Karen Smith

Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters Saturday that while the current Ukraine leadership is in power, “the war will continue.”

Speaking to reporters earlier Saturday at the end of the summit, Putin called last Sunday’s incident on the Kerch Strait a “provocation.” 

Putin went on to say the acting leadership of Ukraine is not interested in settling the current situation by “peaceful means” and this has been shown with the recent “provocation in the Black sea and in the Donbass.”

Putin also spoke on how martial law in Ukraine had has divided the country “with its own hands.”


5:08 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018

Putin says he discussed Kerch Strait incident with Trump 

From CNN's Karen Smith

Speaking at the end of G20, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he discussed the Kerch Strait incident with US President Donald Trump when they briefly met at the summit, and informed Trump of Russia’s position.

“He has his position on that and I have mine,” Putin told reporters, adding that the two leaders did not change their positions.

Putin also said it was a “pity” that he was unable to have a full-fledged meeting with Trump because “the time is ripe, particularly with the problems around strategic stability.”

The two leaders spoke about how it is “essential to revive economic and trade issues” Putin said. He added that the leaders said dialog was needed with their countries and other nations on the issues of Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea.

5:23 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018

Turkish president says journalist's killing is not a political issue

From Hira Humayun

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Saturday that Turkey has never seen the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “as a political issue and we shall never do.”

“For us this incident is a horrendous act of murder and will remain so,” Erdogan added in a press conference in Buenos Aires, where he was attending the G20 summit.

“Whoever has ordered and implemented this violent crime should be found out at once, unless the perpetrators are found out, the whole world and the Islamic community shall not be satisfied,” Erdogan said.

“We want to make sure that the murder is revealed in all of its aspects and the perpetrators are tried. We believe that this will also be in the interest of the Saudi family,” the Turkish president added.

4:38 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018

Trump says AF1 will pick up the casket of George H.W. Bush and transport it to Washington

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

President Donald Trump said Air Force One — the same modified 747 he is using in Buenos Aires — will fly to Houston to pick up the casket carrying the body of former President George H.W. Bush and transport it to Washington.

"Air Force One will be taking myself and a lot of our people back to Washington. It will then be reset and it will be sent to Houston to pick up the casket of President Bush and then be put back to Washington," Trump said.

Trump called it a "special tribute that he deserves."

"It's my honor," Trump said.

4:33 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018

Trump says he will be discussing fentanyl problem with Xi

From CNN’s Jeremy Diamond 

President Donald Trump said he plans to raise the "fentanyl problem" with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in addition to the trade relationship between the two countries.

Sitting across the table from Xi, Trump said the meeting is a "very important" one and said that he believes the two will end up "doing something that will be great for China and great for the United States" as it relates to trade.

Trump said he plans to ask Xi to "do something" to stem the flow of fentanyl — a deadly opiate — into the United States.

"I will be asking the president to do something on that. I think he will be able to," Trump said, calling on Xi to "criminalize" fentanyl in China. 

Trump called the US-China relationship "very special."

He also thanked Xi for "his nice best wishes to the Bush family."

4:36 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018

What Trump and Xi will be eating at tonight's dinner

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Sophie Tatum

While at the G20 summit, US President Donald Trump will dine with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Here's what will be served, according to The White House:

First Course

  • Seasonal vegetable salad 
  • Basil mayonnaise dressing
  • Parmesan emulsion
  • Catena Zapata Adrianna White Stones Chardonnay 2009

Main Course

  • Grilled sirloin with red onions, goat ricotta, and dates


  • Caramel rolled pancakes
  • Crispy chocolate
  • Fresh cream
  • Catena Zapata NicolÁs Malbec 2014