Donald Trump President departs US for Poland, G20 summit in Germany

Shortly before his departure, Trump lashed out at China for failing to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

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US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania preparing to board Air Force One for a highly anticipated trip to Europe, including the G20 summit in Germany play

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania preparing to board Air Force One for a highly anticipated trip to Europe, including the G20 summit in Germany

(AFP)
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Donald Trump departed Wednesday on his second overseas trip as US president, a visit to Europe that will include a high-profile summit meeting of world leaders in Germany held amid rising international tension.

Trump is due to arrive late Wednesday in Warsaw, where he is expected to lay out his vision for America's relationship with Europe in a major speech on Thursday.

But Trump's trip has been overshadowed by a flaring crisis with North Korea, which on Tuesday test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the United States.

Shortly before his departure, Trump lashed out at China for failing to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

"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 said in an early morning tweet.

Trump is expected to meet with China's President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Hamburg where several pressing international issues will be on the table.

He will also have his first meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, a politically fraught encounter that comes amid a US probe into Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 election that brought Trump to office.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is skipping the Warsaw leg of the trip, traveling directly to Hamburg for the G20 conference and then on to Kiev and Istanbul for meetings, the State Department said.

Trade tensions also will be on the agenda in Hamburg, which Trump alluded to in another tweet before he left for Europe.

"The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history. Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?" he wrote.

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