The Latest: White House slip links China's Xi to Taiwan

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Posted: Jul 08, 2017 3:42 PM
The Latest: White House slip links China's Xi to Taiwan

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's second official visit to Europe (all times local):

10: 30 p.m.

A White House transcript is mistakenly linking Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Republic of China, which is Taiwan's formal name.

The White House released the transcript of President Donald Trump's public remarks with Xi at the start of a bilateral meeting at an international summit in Germany on Saturday.

Xi is leader of the People's Republic of China and Trump has been seeking his help in addressing North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The Chinese leader has told Trump previously that Beijing expects Washington to continue managing relations based on the "One China" principle that rules out formal contacts with Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory.

The White House did not immediately comment on the diplomatic blunder.

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8:50 p.m.

White House aides are not quarreling with the Russian foreign minister's account of the meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had told reporters that Trump accepted Putin's assurances that Moscow didn't meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Given a chance to rebut the statement when speaking briefly with reporters aboard Air Force One, both Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster punted.

Mnuchin said he wasn't prepared to comment "about what other people say."

Lavrov's account of the meeting appeared at odds with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's description of it.

Trump has yet to fully endorse the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia intervened in the election to try to swing it in Trump's favor.

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8:45 p.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump had about a dozen one-on-one meetings with foreign leaders during his four-day trip to Poland and Germany.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the meetings were "very substantive discussions" and focused on economic issues, trade, security and North Korea.

Mnuchin says the meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping lasted more than 90 minutes. He says Trump and Xi had "very direct discussions" about the threat from North Korea.

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8:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser is playing down tensions between the U.S. and other nations on issues like climate change and trade as Trump heads home from a summit in Germany.

Gary Cohn tells reporters aboard Air Force One that there's nothing unexpected about seeing "a diversity of opinions in a group of 20."

He says, "to get 20 of your friends to agree to have dinner tonight is pretty hard."

Nineteen of the Group of 20 member nations reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate accord Saturday as part of the summit's final statement. Trump has announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the global effort to combat global warming.

Officials did reach a common statement about another contentious issue: trade. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says there was "incredible consensus" on the issue, and he says the U.S. pushed to include words about "reciprocal" trade.

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7:24 p.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed their commitment to bringing "all nations together" to counter the threat posed by North Korea.

A statement Saturday following their meeting in Hamburg, Germany, said that Trump said "the United States is prepared to use the full range of capabilities" in defense of Japan.

North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, prompting the U.S. to rally behind its regional allies, including Japan and South Korea.

Trump and Abe committed "to redoubling their efforts to bring all nations together to show North Korea that there are consequences for its threatening and unlawful actions."

Trump has been particularly critical of China's financial support of North Korea and met separately on Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping to press for cooperation.

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6:22 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no issues with Ivanka Trump briefly taking her father's seat during an official event at the Group of 20 summit.

A photo posted on Twitter by a Russian delegation member showed President Donald Trump's daughter in his chair Saturday. The White House says Trump had stepped out of the room and Ivanka Trump moved forward when the head of the World Bank discussed topics affected by a new women's entrepreneurship fund she spearheaded.

Merkel told reporters that delegations decide themselves who sits at the table when their president isn't there. She noted that "Ivanka Trump belonged to the American delegation, so that is in line with what other delegations do. And it is known that she works at the White House and carries responsibility for certain initiatives."

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5:50 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he thinks President Donald Trump believed his in-person denials of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

Putin spoke Saturday after the Group of 20 summit, where he and Trump had their first face-to-face meeting.

He said Trump asked him numerous questions about Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. election during a lengthy discussion on the issue.

Putin says he thinks his answers satisfied Trump, but added that Trump's opinion would be better sought from the U.S. president himself.

Putin said he gave detailed answers, including about his conversations with representatives of the Obama administration. He added he wouldn't divulge their details as the exchanges were confidential. "He asked questions, I replied. It seemed to me that he was satisfied with the answers."

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4:25 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says 19 members of the Group of 20 have reaffirmed the Paris climate accord as "irreversible."

Merkel said Saturday that the summit's final statement "takes account" of the U.S. position rejecting the climate deal.

That leaves the United States as the odd one out after President Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement. The Paris accord aims to lower emissions of the greenhouse gases scientists say cause global warming.

Merkel called the U.S. position "regrettable."

Officials did reach a common statement including Trump about the other contentious issue at the summit, trade.

The statement retains the G-20's longstanding rejection of protectionism. But it also acknowledged that trade must be mutually beneficial and that countries can use "legitimate" trade defenses to protect workers and industries against being taken advantage of by trade partners.

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4:23 p.m.

The White House says that President Donald Trump held a brief, unscheduled meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday that Trump and Erdogan chatted briefly on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Sanders says the two leaders discussed the situation in Syria.

The U.S. and Russia announced an agreement for a cease-fire in southwest Syria during the G-20 summit.

Trump and Erdogan held extended talks at the White House in May.

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4:14 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he told the Chinese president that "something has to be done" about North Korea.

Trump and President Xi Jinping met Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, days after Trump tweeted about his frustration over China's inaction.

Trump told Xi "I appreciate the things that you have done" with North Korea. North Korea's latest missile launch has prompted global calls for action.

The U.S. recently blacklisted one Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea and is penalizing a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese individuals accused of facilitating illegal activities by the North.

Trump says he also discussed "trade and trade imbalances" with Xi and aims to reach an arrangement that is more "equitable" and "reciprocal."

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3:20 p.m.

A photograph of President Donald Trump's daughter sitting in her father's seat during an official event at the Group of 20 world leaders' summit is raising eyebrows.

A White House official says Ivanka Trump took her father's seat briefly on Saturday when the president stepped out of the room.

The official said Ivanka Trump had been sitting in the back of the room, and moved forward when the president of the World Bank began discussing topics affected by a new women's entrepreneurship fund she spearheaded.

The official said that when other leaders stepped out, their seats were also briefly filled by others.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a private meeting.

The photo was posted on Twitter by Svetlana Lukash, a Russian official attending the summit.

- By Ken Thomas

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3:12 p.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump and his Indonesian counterpart "underscored their resolve to defeat terrorist networks in South Asia."

A statement Saturday following Trump's meeting with President Joko Widodo in Hamburg, Germany, stressed the "importance of isolating terrorists from financial and ideological support."

The two leaders pledged to "coordinate closely on other threats to international security, including North Korea's nuclear and missile programs."

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2:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he and the Japanese prime minister have been discussing North Korea's latest missile launch, calling the country a "problem and a menace."

Trump met with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Saturday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit of developing and industrialized nations.

Trump says they are "discussing many things" and adds that Abe is "very, very focused on what's going on with respect to North Korea."

Trump also says they have made "a lot of progress" on trade-related issues.

Trump and Abe dined together, along with the South Korean president, the night they arrived in Hamburg, Germany. The three leaders issued a joint statement calling for "early adoption" of a new United Nations Security Council resolution and additional sanctions to demonstrate to North Korea "that there are serious consequences for its destabilizing, provocative, and escalatory actions."

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2:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump has squashed speculation that he won't be visiting London after all this year.

Trump met Saturday in Germany with British Prime Minister Theresa May during an international summit in Germany. Asked about the invitation, Trump replied that he will be going to London. He says details remain to be worked out.

May was the first world leader to visit Trump at the White House. She brought an invitation from the queen for Trump to come to London this year on a state visit.

But opposition to the idea mounted quickly, first from Britons who called the invitation premature. Later on, London's mayor called for the invitation to be rescinded after Trump criticized the mayor's response to a deadly terrorist attack in the city.

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1:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he hopes to take U.S. relations with Singapore to a "much bigger" level.

Trump commented at the top of a meeting with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong (lee haz-ee-en lahng). The leaders are attending an international summit in Germany.

Trump described the relationship between the countries as "very close" and said they expect to do "excellent things together." He also said they currently have a "very big" relationship and predicted that "it will probably get much bigger" under his leadership.

Lee said he also hoped to do many more things with the U.S.

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11:40 a.m.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is addressing conflicting accounts of discussions between Putin and President Donald Trump over Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had told reporters after Friday's meeting that Trump accepted Putin's assurances that Moscow didn't meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election — an account that appeared at odds with that of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Asked about the conflict on Saturday, Dmitry Peskov joked, "Trust Lavrov. I don't work for Tillerson."

Peskov demurred when pressed by reporters about the tone and other topics discussed by the two presidents when they met the previous day.

Trump has said he believes that Russia may have hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton staffers, but that other countries have been involved as well.

Trump and Putin's highly anticipated meeting was scheduled to last only 30 minutes, but extended for more than two hours.

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11:27 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he plans to do "lots of deals" with Indonesia as he sits down with the country's president.

Trump tells reporters at the start of a meeting with President Joko Widodo that the two have become friends and says: "We're going to be doing a lot of deals together."

He said the U.S. and Indonesia currently have a limited trade relationship, but says: "We will start doing a lot of trading with Indonesia."

Jokowi offered Trump "warm greetings" from his "millions of fans" in Indonesia and said they all want to know when Trump will visit.

Trump responded: "We'll get there, we'll get there. It's a place I'd like to go."

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11:23 a.m.

Denmark's development minister Ulla Toernaes (OU-la TEUR-nes) says Danes will donate 69 million kroner ($10.6 million) over three years to the new women's entrepreneurship fund that World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced Saturday.

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative has raised more than $325 million from governments including the U.S., Germany, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Toernaes says that, "support for female entrepreneurs is a major factor in promoting women's sexual and reproductive rights."

She adds that means "women can become full members of business community."

Toernaes was part of a European call to support international groups that perform abortions or provide information about abortion services after President Donald Trump cut off U.S. funding to groups that did so.

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10:16 a.m.

President Donald Trump is praising his daughter, Ivanka, and acknowledging the challenges he's added to her life.

In a rare, self-deprecating moment, the president said Saturday during remarks in Hamburg, Germany that he's been proud of his eldest daughter from "day one."

He says, "If she weren't my daughter it would be so much easier for her," adding with a laugh: "That might be the only bad thing she has going, if you want to know the truth."

The candid aside came as Trump was speaking at the launch of a new women's entrepreneurship fund that Ivanka Trump helped bring together.

Ivanka Trump moved to Washington to work as a senior adviser to her father and has faced pressure from critics who'd hoped she'd be able to push him to adopt more moderate policies.

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10:03 a.m.

President Donald Trump is praising a new women's entrepreneurship fund spearheaded by his daughter and the World Bank that will help women access capital, financing and other support.

Trump says that his administration is making a $50 million commitment to the effort at an event held alongside the Group of 20 world leaders' summit in Hamburg, Germany.

He says the group will help eliminate barriers for women to launch businesses and transform "millions and millions of lives."

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced Saturday that the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative had raised $325 million from governments including the U.S., Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Canada.

Trump says that, "Empowering women is a core value that binds us together."

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9:45 a.m.

First Daughter Ivanka Trump and the World Bank are rolling out a new fund that aims to help female entrepreneurs access capital, financing and other support.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim says the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative fund has so far raised $325 million from various governments. He hopes to leverage that into a multibillion-dollar fund.

The money will go toward improving access to capital and markets, providing technical assistance, training and mentoring, pushing public policy and investing in projects and programs that support women and women-led businesses.

Kim says, "this is not a cute, little project," and says it will drive economic growth.

He's speaking at a panel on women's entrepreneurship that coincides with the meeting of Group of 20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany.

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9:22 a.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting Britain's head of government on the sidelines of an international summit in Germany.

Trump said Saturday that he and Prime Minister Theresa May have had "tremendous talks" and developed a "special relationship."

Trump also says they are working on a trade deal that will be "great for both countries," but he provided no details.

The two leaders have met several times since Trump took office and collaborate on a number of issues, from security to trade.

Trump and May are sitting down for a meeting Saturday while attending the G-20 summit of industrialized and developed nations.

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9:12 a.m.

President Donald Trump will meet with a long list of world leaders Saturday as he wraps up his second trip abroad.

Trump will hold meetings with British Prime Minster Theresa May, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping of China.

He'll also attend a women's entrepreneurship finance event and participate in various sessions with fellow Group of 20 leaders.

The second day of the summit of world leaders that has been overshadowed by violent riots between anti-globalization activists and police is expected to include talks on global trade, climate change and international terrorism.

Trump is set to return to Washington Saturday evening.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that it was a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, not Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who addressed conflicting accounts of discussions between Putin and President Donald Trump over Russia's meddling in the U.S. election Saturday.