By Agence France-Presse
Donald Trump arrived for high-stakes visit to Europe on Wednesday, landing in Poland ahead of his first G20 summit in Hamburg and a closely-watched meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The still-novice US president begins a four-day swing through Warsaw and Hamburg, where tricky geopolitical currents — from rumbling transatlantic discord to the North Korean nuclear threat — will converge.
Air Force One touched down at 10.15 pm (2015 GMT), kicking off Trump’s second foreign trip.
Looming large over the entire visit is Pyongyang’s test of a intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear payload to Alaska, a brazen threat to US security.
Tough-talking Trump had previously declared that technological step a red line, and leaders from rival and allied powers alike will be watching closely to see whether his threats were bluster, or a harbinger of action to come.
After trying and failing to convince Beijing to ratchet up the pressure on North Korea, Trump will hold what promises to be a testy meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg to trace the next steps.
“Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!” Trump tweeted indignantly on Wednesday.
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