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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9:24 p.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Trump and Saudi Crown Prince discussed Iran, trade, and human rights

US President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a family photo session at the G20 on June 28, 2019.
US President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a family photo session at the G20 on June 28, 2019. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon - Pool/Getty Images

Over a breakfast meeting, US President Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman discussed the US-Iran tensions, trade, and human rights, said the White House this morning.

The White House statement doesn't specify whether Trump and bin Salman discussed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (earlier, Trump declined to answer when asked whether he would raise the issue).

Read the White House statement here:

President Donald J. Trump had a productive meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud today. They discussed Saudi Arabia’s critical role in ensuring stability in the Middle East and global oil markets, the growing threat from Iran, increased trade and investments between the two countries, and the importance of human rights issues.
9:01 p.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Trump isn't feeling pressure about China trade talks, official says

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in Beijing on November 9, 2017.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images

US President Donald Trump's most closely watched G20 meeting will be with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, which is due to take place at 11.30 a.m., local time, Saturday.

A senior Trump administration official said Monday that the President was "quite comfortable with where we are and quite comfortable with any outcome of those talks."

"I don't think the President is feeling any pressure on those accounts," the official said.

"It’s really just an opportunity for the President to maintain his engagement. He has an opportunity to see where the Chinese side is since the talks last left off."

Talks to end the year-long trade war have stalled since early May, with both Washington and Beijing blaming the other for the breakdown in relations.

8:57 p.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Trump-Kim meeting at the DMZ could be a "last minute" decision

From CNN's Ben Westcott

Kim and Trump during their second summit meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Kim and Trump during their second summit meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam News Agency/Handout/Getty Images

North Korea expert John Delury said that the offer by US President Donald Trump to "shake hands" with Kim Jong Un at the DMZ made a meeting a "bit more likely."

But ultimately, it could come down to a "last minute" decision for Pyongyang, said Delury.

"There's a lot of signs indicating that both sides are serious, but it's very possible they haven't yet decided," he added.
"The North Koreans can move at the last minute."

Delury, an associate professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, pointed to the surprise meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in May 2018, which helped solidify the US-North Korea summit in Singapore.

If the meeting happens, it'll come just a week after Kim met with President Xi Jinping in Pyongyang, the first visit by a Chinese leader to the city in over a decade.

Delury said Trump's tweet could be an attempt to keep Beijing out of Pyongyang-Washington relations.

"Keeping a direct line to Kim Jong Un means that the US doesn't have to rely on China as much and that means the US can focus on other issues, which for Trump trade is number one," he said.

8:48 p.m. ET, June 28, 2019

It's Day 2 of the G20. Here's what you need to know

The G20 world leaders pose for a family photograph in front of Osaka Castle on June 28, 2019.
The G20 world leaders pose for a family photograph in front of Osaka Castle on June 28, 2019. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

It’s the second day of this year's G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka.

The G20, or Group of 20, is an annual summit for world leaders, foreign ministers, and central bank governors.

It includes 19 countries and the European Union, and accounts for about 80% of the global gross domestic product. Around two-thirds of the world's population live in a G20 country.

If you're just joining us now, here's what has happened so far and what else you need to know:

  • Day 1 meetings: US President Donald Trump started the summit with a series of bilateral and trilateral meetings. He met with Vladimir Putin of Russia, Shinzo Abe of Japan, Narendra Modi of India, Angela Merkel of Germany, and Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.
  • Day 2 meetings: Trump has so far met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Turkish President Recep Erdogan.
  • China trade war: Today, all eyes are on Trump and Xi, who will meet at 11:30 a.m. JST (10:30 p.m. ET). The two leaders will hold trade talks, as the US-China trade war stretches on.

8:55 p.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Saudi Crown Prince thanks Trump for praise at breakfast

From CNN's Samantha Beech

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has thanked US President Donald Trump for his warm welcome, at a breakfast meeting on the sidelines of the G20 in Osaka, Saturday. 

Trump heaped praise on bin Salman achieving what he termed "a revolution in a very positive way.” Trump also hailed bin Salman’s steps toward “opening up Saudi Arabia,” including for women.

In response, bin Salman said, "Thank you Mr President for your warm welcome, we are trying to do the best for our country Saudi Arabia and it's a long journey."

He added, "And with you Mr President we did a lot of great achievement in the political side, security side, military side and the economical side especially, been never done before. So I believe that will continue in our both countries, good for GDP growth, job creation and more safety for both countries. So we hope to do more. " 

Both President Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince ignored questions from reporters over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The first independent report on the murder of Khashoggi from the UN's special rapporteur last week laid out evidence that suggests not only did Saudi officials at the highest level plan and carry out the killing, but that they carefully planned how best to hide the murder from the international community.

8:54 p.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Xi promises greater market opening ahead of G20 meeting with Trump

From CNN's Nanlin Fang and Ben Westcott

Chinese state-run media is playing up President Xi Jinping's remarks promising further liberalization of the country's economy, ahead of his meeting with US President Donald Trump Saturday.

According to Chinese state-run Xinhua, Xi pledged to lower tariffs, expand imports, set up new free trade zones and protect foreign companies' intellectual property.

"China will treat every kind of companies fairly and equally," Xi said in his speech at the G20 Friday.

But many US politicians and businesses have grown wary of Beijing's promises of reform, and Xi is likely to face a tougher set of demands from Trump.

If negotiations go poorly, Trump has threatened to impose new tariffs on Chinese imports, up to 25%, which could weaken the already slowing domestic economy hard.

8:47 p.m. ET, June 28, 2019

"The relationship is very good with China," Trump says ahead of Xi meeting

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images
Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

US President Donald Trump says he made progress with his Chinese counterpart during pull-aside discussions last night ahead of their formal sit-down later this morning.

“I was with him last night. A lot was accomplished actually last night,” Trump said during a breakfast meeting.

G20 leaders met for dinner on Friday evening at Osaka Castle, which is where Trump mostly likely spoke with Xi. The two are scheduled for a highly anticipated sit-down meeting today at 11:30 a.m. JST (10:30 p.m. ET).

“The relationship is very good with China. As to whether or not we can make a deal, time will tell,” Trump said.

He emphasized the importance of personal relationships with his foreign counterparts, saying it was necessary for securing peace.

“It’s about relationship,” Trump said. “Otherwise you end up in very bad wars and a lot of problems. Relationship is very important.”

8:24 p.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Trump invites Kim to meet with him and "shake his hand" at the DMZ

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Allie Malloy

After he finishes up at the G20 on Saturday, US President Donald Trump will be heading to South Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in.

But in an unexpected tweet this morning, Trump hinted that he might be wiling to meet with another world leader during his trip.

"While (I'm in South Korea), if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!" Trump said on his official Twitter.

Trump and Kim didn't leave their last meeting on the best of terms. Relations between Washington and Pyongyang deteriorated after Trump walked out of a meeting with the North Korean leader in Hanoi.

But Trump is said to be considering a trip to the DMZ and he told reporters in Japan that he had just "put out a feeler" if Kim would like to meet.

Trump said he wasn't sure whether the meeting would materialize, but expressed confidence his diplomatic opening with North Korea was already yielding results.

"I just put out a feeler because I don't know where he is right now. He may not be in North Korea," Trump said. "I said if Chairman Kim would want to meet, I'll be at the border. We seem to get along really well. That's a good thing, not a bad thing. For the stupid people who say, 'Oh, he gets along,' it's good get along."

"Frankly, if I didn't become president, you'd be having a war right now with North Korea," Trump said.

"I will be in South Korea. I let him know, and we'll see. We'll see each other for two minutes. That's all we can. But that will be fine," Trump said.

There has been no response from North Korea yet.

8:15 p.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Who Trump is meeting on Day 2 of the G20

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

US President Donald Trump has a less packed schedule on Day 2 of the G20 summit but the meetings arguably have higher stakes.

At 8.15 a.m. JST (7.15 p.m. ET), Trump sat down with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, a controversial leader who the US President has regularly defended in recent months.

At 11.30 a.m JST (10.30 p.m. ET), the US President has his critical meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping where the two leaders will attempt to ease trade tensions between their countries.

The meeting is expected to last an estimated 90 minutes.

At about 1 p.m. JST (12.00 a.m. ET), Trump will sit down with Turkish President Recep Erdogan, his last official bilateral meeting of the trip.