Bush defends free markets ahead of G20
Bush also called on the G20 leaders to agree on a modest set of reforms aimed at preventing future financial collapses.
“The answer is not to try to re-invent that system,” Bush said. “It is to fix the problems we face, make the reforms we need and move forward with the free market principles that have delivered prosperity and hope to people all across the globe.”
“I'm a market-oriented guy, but not when I'm faced with the prospect of a global meltdown,” Bush added.
Reforms will not help if they abandon the free market and restrict trade – that was Bush's main message to the G20 leaders.
Bush will host the leaders at a White House dinner on Friday. On Saturday they will review the causes of the financial mess and begin formulating solutions.
The summit this weekend is just the first in a series intended to deal with the enormity of the economic meltdown, and the next meeting will not be held until after Bush leaves office on January 20.