Reports: Trump to skip G7 meeting on climate

Peyto Lake, pictured above, in Canada. (© Sergi Akulich)

U.S. President Donald Trump will leave the G7 summit early — missing the meeting on climate change.

Trump plans to leave the Group of Seven summit in Quebec on Saturday morning, before the leaders’ meetings are completed, and an aide will attend the climate meeting in Trump’s place, the White House told CNN. Leading up to this announcement, Trump criticized French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter, who will both attend the G7 summit today. Trump questioned why he would attend a G7 meeting where he’s outnumbered on key issues like trade and climate change.

Climate experts criticized the president’s decision.

“President Trump’s continued dismissal of opportunities to bring U.S. leadership to the international stage is both disappointing and damaging to our diplomatic relationships and national security,” said Shyla Raghav, Conservation International’s climate change lead. “The U.S. government should be working alongside its counterparts to build a more secure future.”

The G7 meetings are a chance for seven of the world’s most powerful leaders to discuss and make agreements on issues such as security, trade and the environment.

“Despite Trump’s behavior, other international leaders are taking important action on climate,” Raghav said. “Trudeau’s decision to put climate change on the agenda and Macron’s commitment to the Paris Agreement continue to push the climate movement forward.”

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Morgan Lynch is a staff writer for Conservation International.

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