Russia-Ukraine crisis clouds G20 summit in Buenos Aires

Trump carries fresh controversies as he heads to the G-20 in Argentina

Russian media are now reporting that the two will have a brief and impromptu meeting on the sidelines of the summit, contrary to Mr Trump's earlier position that he didn't want to meet because of Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian navy vessels last week.

Trump's planned meetings with a half-dozen other world leaders - combined with the possibility of diplomatic snafus - offer little promise of clearing the smoke of suspicion that is once again following him overseas.

Trump met Friday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rare trilateral meeting.

As President Donald Trump prepares to sit down with China's President Xi this weekend, Trump said Thursday that the administration is "very close" to reaching a deal to end the trade showdown between the two major economies even as he also sought to downplay the importance of making such a deal.

Trump, recently unnerved by shaky U.S. markets and the closure announcement of General Motors factories in OH, has appeared more open to a trade breakthrough with China in the last several days, according to people who have spoken to him.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on Trump to remove tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying they remain a major economic obstacle. Trump later said "we had no discussion", though he held out the prospect of spending more time with the crown prince. He's been unnerved in recent days by a shaky stock market and factory closures by General Motors, according to people familiar with the matter, and is hoping to be able to tout the new trade agreement in Argentina.

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Argentina's leader thanked President Trump for his visit and for his support of the South American nation.

At the press conference, Trump had trouble understanding the English interpreter as the Argentine leader was addressing the press. "He was a young man, a handsome man".

So an unorthodox solution emerged: Because of resistance from the Trump administration, an official in the French president's office said the statement may have language that sets the USA apart. "Little did you realize I would become president".

A White House official said that Trump sees a "good possibility" for a deal to defuse the trade frictions, as Washington demands greater market access and protections for intellectual property by Beijing.

Meanwhile, Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman shared an enthusiastic greeting at the opening of the summit in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires.

The summit began in Buenos Aires with a traditional "family photo" by the leaders of a group whose relationships range from warm and friendly to chilly and distrustful. Putin used the time set aside to meet with Trump to pow-wow with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Argentina is the first South American country to host the G-20, and officials have the added challenge of ensuring that chaos is better contained than it was at last year's meeting in Hamburg, Germany, where clashes broke out between police and protesters.

Speaking in the White House before he left for the summit, Mr Trump tempered expectations.

Trump's skepticism that global warming is caused by human activity has raised questions about whether the countries will be able to find enough common ground on climate change to include it in any communique. She was expected to arrive late to the summit, and the meeting did not appear on Trump's schedule for Friday.

One of the leaders Mr Putin was scheduled to have more formal bi-lateral talks with was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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