U.S. President Donald Trump did not show up for a workshop on environmental issues at the G7 Summit here today, but French President Emmanuel Macron said it came as no surprise.
“When it comes to the Paris Agreement, we know his position, it has always been clear, and it is not an objective of the French presidency to convince him otherwise,” Macron said. “We did have that objective at the outset prior to his withdrawing from the agreement, but it was not our objective at the G7.’
At a press conference following the workshop, Macron said he still expects the charter to be signed by all the leaders, but the signing will take place at the UN Climate Conference in New York next month.
Trump was the only world leader not seen at a G7 meeting on climate and biodiversity. https://t.co/ORm6FnX9P8
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 26, 2019
Breaking News: G7 leaders agreed on a $20 million package to help fight fires in the Amazon during a climate meeting that President Trump missed.https://t.co/5KjI2lsGqr
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 26, 2019
Pool tells us @realDonaldTrump was NOT present with other G7 leaders at session on climate during the short period when the reporters were present.
Reporters have asked where was the president? He has a meeting with Angela Merkel coming up this hour.
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) August 26, 2019
Trump attended a G7 working session on Syria security issues but missed the one about climate, biodiversity and oceans. Other leaders attended both.
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) August 26, 2019
Trump apparently absent from start of G7 session on climate, biodiversity and oceans. His seat was empty. All other G7 leaders were there.
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) August 26, 2019