BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – President Obama made his first public appearance at the G20 Summit in Brisbane Australia Saturday, with a speech to college students at the University of Queensland.
The President talked about the ‘US pivot to Asia’ telling the crowd, “We will continue to deepen our engagement using every element of our power—diplomacy, military, economic, development and the power of our values.”
Obama also discussed international trade, an issue that local manufacturers say is essential to their growth.
“We believe in open markets and trade that is free and fair—a level playing field where economies play by the same rules,” Obama said.
Throughout Obama’s speech there were cheers from enthusiastic students especially when the President talked about women’s rights and climate change.
“We will contribute $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund to help developing nations deal with climate change,” Obama told the standing crowd of students.
Towards the end of the President’s speech he delivered a direct message to world leaders meeting at the G20 Summit saying, “Americans can’t be expected to just carry the world economy on our back. So here in Brisbane the G20 has a responsibility to act to boost demand and invest more in infrastructure create good jobs for the people of all our nations.”
President Obama will continue to meet with world leaders at the G20 Summit throughout the weekend.