Trump was scheduled to attend the session on climate, biodiversity and oceans, but his chair remained empty while other leaders pledged a modest $20 million to help put out fires that are raging across wide swaths of the Amazon jungles in Brazil.
‘He wasn’t in the room but his team was there,’ French President
The White House attributed his absence to scheduled one-on-one meetings that he attended with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor
President Donald Trump’s chair remained empty Monday during a multinational work session focused on climate change in Biarritz, France, on the sidelines of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world’s seven richest democracies
When reporters asked him about the meeting, which was already underway, Trump seemed to think it hadn’t happened yet
The White House said Trump skipped the global warming session on Monday because of ‘scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India’; both of those nations’ leaders, Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) managed to attend
‘The President had scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India, so a senior member of the Administration attended in his stead,’ White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told DailyMail.com and other news outlets.
A White House official said the stand-in was an aide from the National Security Council.
Trump started the morning behind schedule. His meeting with Merkel was delayed about two hours.
Asked about the global warming meeting during a photo-op with Merkel, the president said: ‘We’re having it in a little while.’
He had no reply to a journalist who informed him that it was already underway.
During his meeting with Modi, Trump said that he wants ‘clean air and clean water,’ but made no comment about his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.
He did offer, however, that the climate change discussion would be his next stop. That never materialized.
Fires are burning out of control in the Amazon basin in Brazil, leading many world leaders to sound a new alarm about climate change
This aerial picture released by an environmental group shows fire raging in the forest in the municipality of Candeias do Jamari, close to Porto Velho in Rondonia State, in the Amazon basin in northwestern Brazil; world leaders pledged a modest $20 million to help
Trump is a climate change skeptic who once claimed it was a hoax invented by the Chinese.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday that the world faces ‘a dramatic climate emergency.’ He will ask leaders at a Sept. 23 summit in New York to agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than they promised in the 2015 Paris agreement.
Guterres said Monday that ‘we are much worse than we were during Paris … and so it’s absolutely essential that countries commit themselves to increase what was promised.’
Guterres claimed that Greenland’s ice cap was melting ‘dramatically’ and that 2015 through 2019 were ‘the five hottest years on record.’