Following the imposition of tariffs against some of the United States’ allies and key trading partners, White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has issued a statement saying that President Donald Trump will not attend the G7 Summit to be held in Quebec, later today, in its entirety. The summit will focus on issues such as clean energy, climate change, and the state of the oceans, and while the lack of participation of one of the largest economies of the world that steadily impacts this delicate balance of the state of the environment on a global scale will be potentially greatly negative, the trend of President Trump showing no real concern to such matters continues. In 2017, President Trump moved to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Another possible and more immediate reason for this decision by the President of the United States is the possible tumult of his professional relationship with world leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The last few weeks have witnessed reports that there has been some souring of the relationship between Trump and his counterparts from around the world, only making matters worse for a combined push from the world’s leading powers to make an attempt at arresting the damage that has already been caused to the ecosystems around the world. The most reason move to impose trade tariffs on allies and partner nations has been the biggest point of uproar against President Trump, with several of these countries imposing similar tariffs on American goods that are trying to enter into their markets.
President Trump’s itinerary for this G7 summit will see him partially attend this summit, then making his move to exit well before matters of any significance can be discussed and decided upon.