Rather than face the leaders of key U.S. allies that he has angered, President Donald Trump will make an early exit from the weekend’s G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada Saturday, according to Newsweek.
“President Trump will depart the G-7 Summit at Charlevoix at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, following the session on Women’s Empowerment. The president will travel directly to Singapore from Canada in anticipation of his upcoming meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
“G-7 Sherpa and Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Everett Eissenstat will represent the United States for the remaining G-7 sessions,” she added.
A premature departure from the summit – which brings together leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – means Trump will avoid tense talks with world leaders and also spare him key meetings on issues like climate change.
[Trump] will be able to avoid a showdown with allies like Canada and France, who are angry with Trump’s isolationist policies and decision to impose harsh tariffs on trade and aluminum. Leaders were also expected to use the event to raise contentious issues like U.S. participation in the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and U.S. participation in international climate treaties.
Along with skirting those issues, Trump will miss out on the group photo traditionally taken at the end of the summit and be absent as the group chooses an issue a particular issue to work toward solving together.
On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron, a leader who is usually friendly with Trump, implied that the liberal international alliance doesn’t need the United States to make a deal.
“The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be. Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force,” French President Emmanuel Macron Tweeted Thursday.