x

Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Trump blasts probe in which Cohen pleaded guilty

Coming into this G-20, Mr Trump faces a series of diplomatic challenges

President Donald Trump, right, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump disembark from Air Force One after arriving at Ezeiza Airport ahead of the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bloomberg
President Donald Trump, right, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump disembark from Air Force One after arriving at Ezeiza Airport ahead of the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bloomberg

President Donald Trump is blasting the investigation in which his former lawyer pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued for Mr Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Michael Cohen says he lied to be consistent with Trump's "political messaging." Mr Trump says Cohen is lying now.

In a tweet Friday from Argentina, Mr Trump recalled "happily living" his life as a developer before running for president after seeing the "Country going in the wrong direction."

Mr Trump says "Against all odds" he decided to run for president and continue to run his business, which he calls "very legal & very cool." He says he "talked about it on the campaign trail."

Mr Trump tweets he "Lightly looked at doing a building somewhere in Russia. Put up zero money, zero guarantees and didn't do the project. Witch Hunt!"

Mr Trump kicked off two days of diplomacy at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday after his abrupt decision to cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin overshadowed the proceedings before they even started.

Mr Trump barreled into the two-day meeting by announcing via Twitter that he was canceling on Putin over Russia's seizure of Ukrainian vessels. His agenda Friday is expected to include meetings with world leaders, the signing of a revamped trade deal with Canada and Mexico, as well as a number of group activities for the gathering of rich and developing nations.

Coming into this G-20, Mr Trump faces a series of diplomatic challenges — most notably whether he can strike an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to ease trade tensions.

_______________

Read more:

G20 summit: Donald Trump cancels Vladimir Putin meeting amid global friction

QuickTake: G20 leaders meet in Argentina to address economic issues

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in Argentina for G20 summit

G20 needs to act swiftly to avert economic slowdown, Largarde warns

_______________