Or at least that’s the excuse.
Courtesy of Reuters:
Trump plans to leave the summit mid-morning on Saturday, four hours earlier than originally planned, to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
That means he will miss a working session among the leaders on climate change and clean energy, as well as talks among the G7 and poorer countries focused on the health of oceans.
The early exit also means he will be gone before allies begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of the U.S. stance on trade and Trump’s abrupt suggestion on Friday that Russia be re-admitted to the elite grouping.
The summit was already bristling with tension and all of seemingly directed at Trump.
Bromance over. pic.twitter.com/YZLc47VasT
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 9, 2018
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump arrived expecting to tangle with his foreign counterparts on trade, a fight he proudly began but has been apprehensive about waging in person.
The leaders of France, Germany, Great Britain and Canada all planned to confront him directly about the tariffs on steel and aluminum that they believe threaten America’s closest world alliances.
But when the time came to air their grievances in public, the leaders here mainly sounded resigned to the fact their differences with Trump may never be resolved. And they made light of the disputes.
“Sometimes we disagree,” shrugged French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of a delayed meeting with Trump. Only a day earlier the two had been sniping at each other over Twitter.
When a reporter jokingly asked the two men to arm wrestle, Trump offered only praise.
“He’d be very tough to beat,” Trump said. “He’s my friend. We’ve had a great relationship right from the beginning.”
And during an earlier meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the summit’s host, Trump too attempted levity amid the rancor.
“Justin has agreed to cut all tariffs, all trade barriers,” he announced in jest as Trudeau grinned nearby.
When a reporter asked Trudeau whether he was disappointed the President was departing the summit early, Trump answered for him.
“No, he’s happy,” Trump said.
No, he’s not.
Trump was so late arriving at the G7 that he missed a planned meeting with French President Macron, and really seemed to show up mostly for the photo-ops.
AP grabbed this shot of Trump walking in late to the gender equality breakfast at the G7 summit pic.twitter.com/ZBR3dcXGcG
— Katie Watson (@kathrynw5) June 9, 2018
And now he is taking that diplomatic skill set to Singapore for a nuclear summit with North Korea.
I wonder if we will be able to see the mushroom cloud from here?