US President Donald Trump will not be attending the G7 climate sessions on climate change, clean energy and oceans, the White House has revealed.
The sessions will last over two days from Friday in Quebec, Canada. According to the official announcement, Trump will leave the resort in Charlevoix (where all the events are taking place) at 10.30 am on Saturday, well before the Summit officially concludes later that day.
He will attend an early-morning session on “women’s empowerment”, but he will be gone before any joint statement is issued by the other leaders, according to the White House.
The root of this decision seems to be statements made by French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they lashed out at Trump for imposing tariffs on their steel and aluminium industries.
“The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six country agreement if need be,” Macron tweeted.
Trudeau said at a news conference that with Macron, “we are going to defend our industries and our workers” and “show the US President that his unacceptable actions are hurting his own citizens”.
Trump responded with his trademark Twitter bluntness a few hours later by tweeting “Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers.”
“The EU trade surplus with the US is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out… Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.”
Trump is scheduled to arrive Friday morning for the Summit. He will then attend a gathering that traditionally includes a moment of global camaraderie — the “family photo” that captures Presidents and Prime Ministers smiling for the camera.