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The G20 Communiqué Bookends the George H. W. Bush Era

The joint communiqué addressed U.S. concerns about trade, but that there was an agreement at all was significant.   
Source: Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

It is somewhat fitting that G20 leaders agreed on a statement hours after the death of George H. W. Bush. In normal times, Saturday’s announcement in Argentina would hardly be unusual. Diplomats negotiate the agendas and communiqué of such meetings for weeks and months before national leaders affix their signatures to them.

Donald Trump’s administration has been loath to support statements in favor of global trade or efforts to combat climate change. Bush, who died late Friday, was by contrast an architect of the post–Cold

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