Donald Trump is standing out from the crowd at the G20 gathering in Buenos Aires – and not just because of his politics.
Photos from the international meeting show Trump is the only one of the world’s leaders not to wear a special G20 pin, instead choosing to don an American flag.
Trump’s apparent challenge to the G20 status quo is a small one, but to his followers a deeply symbolic one.
His whole election campaign was based around rejecting the ties to other countries that had been developed by successive Republican and Democrat administrations.
To that end, it would make sense for him to wear the American flag on his chest, and not the G20 logo.
Particularly as that logo is of a reef knot that – according to the G20 website – represents ‘interconnectedness’.
Certainly the pin caught on with his supporters online, who called it a rejection of ‘globalism’ represented by the other countries.
Twitter user lb fowler jr md wrote: ‘Trump refuses to wear G20 pin – opts for American flag which trumps lol any globalism symbol!’
ActuallyArlie wrote: ‘I’m absolutely devoted to Trump and his mission… which is our mission. A simple thing like the flag pin speaks volumes.’
And Mary Baker enthused ‘GREAT AGAIN,’ adding ‘WAY TO GO MR PRESIDENT.’
— Red Wave Army (@RedWaveArmy1) December 3, 2018
Trump did the same with his G20 pin last year, left it in the drawer and wore his American flag proudly!
This Is A Man That Loves His Country – While the rest of the G20 leaders wore a special G20 lapel pin, President Trump simply wore an American Flag lapel pin pic.twitter.com/W9VgV5DW0z
— LochTheScot (@LochTheScot) May 12, 2018
However, Trump is not the first to eschew the standard-issue G20 pin for an American flag one.
Photos from G20 gathering show then-President Barack Obama sporting an identical flag badge on his lapel.
Obama was photographed at the event – including at the photo op for the world leaders at the start of the summit – sporting the unique pin.