President Trump meets with the leader of Argentina during G20 summit

A prolonged trade war for US and China could have significant repercussions for the global economy

"At this very moment, we're not in the best position of acquiring military weapons from anywhere", Faurie said, according to Argentine newspaper El Clarín. The Kremlin said it was willing to be "patient" in arranging a meeting with Trump.

President Trump said recently that current tariff levels on $200bn (£157bn) of Chinese imports would rise as planned.

"Out with [US President Donald] Trump and imperialist leaders", protesters chanted while marching through a central boulevard towards Congress. Nearly an hour after the gathering, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "Today, before the start of the G20 summit, President Trump met during breakfast ... the two leaders reiterated their shared commitment to face regional challenges such as Venezuela and China's predatory economic activity".

Argentine President Mauricio Macri convened the two-day summit in Buenos Aires, which was attended also by Saudi Arabia's beleaguered crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Trump has cast his talks Saturday with Xi as a deadline for China to cave on his key trade concerns, including access for USA companies and protection of their intellectual property. Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been sharply critical of Saudi Arabia over the incident, is also in attendance. As a result, the Macri administration is seeking to mitigate any diplomatic issues between the South American country and Beijing caused by Huckabee Sanders's words, website Pagina 12 reported.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was supposed to get in to Buenos Aires early Friday, but her arrival was delayed when her plane suffered a technical problem.

Hanging over it all will be the questions sparked by the latest twist in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation - just the latest instance of the Mueller investigation following Trump outside the United States.

Joining other forecasters, economists at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development last week downgraded their outlook for global economic growth next year to 3.5 percent from a previous 3.7 percent. A year later, as the President prepared to fly to Helsinki to meet with Putin, the Justice Department announced the indictment of Russian intelligence officers linked to election interference.

Scrapping the meeting with Putin, though, did not eliminate all of the President's flair for make-or-break drama.

On the line is the future of global trade, with a positive meeting likely seeing a deescalation of the trade conflict between the two countries, and a negative one threatening to see the start of a full blown trade war.

Leaving the White House on Thursday, Trump kept the global suspense going.

Hanging over the summit in Buenos Aires is the trade dispute between the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, which have imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of each other's imports after Trump launched an effort to correct what he views as China's unfair commercial practices.

The Trump administration has come under certain fire for its perceived willingness to look the other way on the gruesome murder to maintain ties with a crucial Middle Eastern ally and big buyer of United States armaments.

Later in the one-minute clip Mr Macron says: "You never listen to me" and the Crown Prince replies: "I will listen, of course". I'm open to making a deal.

Mr Trump's decision came as his former lawyer admitted to lying to Congress over a property deal in Russian Federation that Mr Trump was involved in, during the 2016 US Presidential election.

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