World_news Macron plays down Trump absence at G7 climate talks – Reuters


The empty chair of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, French President Emmanuel Macron, Egyptian President and Chairman of the African Union Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Chile President Sebastian Pinera and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend during a working session focused on climate change during the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – President Donald Trump was absent from talks on climate change and biodiversity at a G7 leaders’ summit on Monday, with host President Emmanuel Macron explaining that Trump was busy holding bilateral meetings.

Trump backed the leaders’ efforts to tackle the fires raging in the Amazon forest, Macron said.

“He wasn’t in the room, but his team was,” Macron told a news conference after the climate talks. “You shouldn’t interpret the American president’s absence… the U.S. are with us on biodiversity and on the Amazon initiative.

The leaders earlier agreed to provide $20 million in aid to help stop the forest fires.

Reporting by Michel Rose; writing by John Irish; editing by Richard Lough

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