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Senator Bernie Sanders informs President Donald Trump about the three items that should be at the top of his agenda for the G20 Summit. (Photo: AP/file)

Sanders Offers Trump 3-Point Agenda for G20 Summit, Putin Meeting

'Real leadership is bringing parties together to de-escalate tensions,' says Sanders

Jessica Corbett

As thousands protested in Hamburg ahead of the G20 Summit, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took to Twitter late Thursday to encourage U.S. President Donald Trump to focus on a few key issues as he meets with leaders of the world's top economies.

The two-day summit, which kicked off Friday morning, features discussions on trade, climate change, global terrorism, and the refugee crisis, but politicians are also using their weekend together to organize private meetings.

Trump's first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was the source of much attention and speculation on Friday afternoon after already making headlines earlier as a video of their brief handshake spread online. The two men met just 15 minutes after the start of the G20's "Sustainable Growth, Climate, and Energy" working session, which was likely uncomfortable for Trump, as European allies addressed his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. (Trump reportedly attended the first part of the climate meeting.)

While Sanders did not put climate on his proposed agenda, he pressured the president to address global economic inequality, tensions with North Korea, and Russia's alleged meddling with the 2016 presidential election:

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