Thursday 19 September 2019

Donald Trump skips section of G7 summit devoted to climate issues

Aides represented the US president at the gathering in Biarritz.

The empty seat at third right was the place reserved for President Donald Trump (Ludovic Marin/AP)
The empty seat at third right was the place reserved for President Donald Trump (Ludovic Marin/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

US President Donald Trump has missed a discussion on climate with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in France.

Mr Trump was scheduled to attend Monday’s session on climate, biodiversity and oceans, but his chair was empty during a portion of the meeting reporters were allowed to witness.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that while Mr Trump did not attend, his aides were there.

The president started the morning behind schedule.

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President Donald Trump and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi share a laugh together (Andrew Harnik/AP)

His meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel was delayed about two hours.

He then met with India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, where he was asked about attending the climate session.

He said it would be his next stop and that he wants clean air and water.

Mr Trump is a climate change sceptic who once had claimed it is a hoax that was invented by the Chinese.

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