Trump’s Excuse for Skipping Climate Talk Lacking

August 26, 2019


President Trump was the sole leader absent from a meeting on climate change during the closing hours of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, but his unoccupied seat at the table didn’t just signal Washington’s absence from the effort against global warming. It was a metaphor for America’s diminished leadership of the world’s most powerful economies.President Trump was the sole leader absent from a meeting on climate change during the closing hours of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, but his unoccupied seat at the table didn’t just signal Washington’s absence from the effort against global warming. It was a metaphor for America’s diminished leadership of the world’s most powerful economies.


On Monday, before the close of the G7 meetings in France, the heads of those nations gathered to talk about climate change and what could be done to address the warming of our planet. Donald Trump didn’t go.
“The President had scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India, so a senior member of the Administration attended in his stead,” press secretary Stephanie Grisham said by way of explanation for Trump’s absence.

Except that Trump seemed to think — or at least said — that the climate change meeting was later in the day and that he hadn’t missed it at all. From the pool report:
“Asked if he attended the climate session, Potus says ‘we’re having it in a little while.’ He didn’t appear to hear when a reporter told him it just happened.”

So, which is it? Did he have other pressing commitments? Or did he think it was later? Or are neither of those things true? (HINT: It’s the last one!)
Let’s rule out the idea that Trump just had the climate meeting down on his schedule wrong. He has a slew of advisers to keep track of where he is going and when. Plus, there are only seven world leaders in attendance — so, if the other six are all in one place, it’s sort of hard to imagine Trump and his team couldn’t figure it out pretty quickly.
Which brings us to the official White House claim that Trump had “scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India” which is why he couldn’t go to the climate change meeting. 
As CNN’s Jim Sciutto pointed out, both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were in the climate change meeting. (There’s visual evidence!) That fact gives us these options by way of explaining the White House position:
1) Modi and Merkel have been cloned and can appear in two places at once
2) Trump was meeting not with the heads of Germany and India but with lower-level staff
3) The official White House line is total bunk
I’m no scientist but option No. 1 feels far-fetched. Option No. 2 is also ridiculous, because if anyone would see it as beneath him to meet with staff rather than the principals, it’s Donald Trump. Which leaves us, by process of elimination, with Option No. 3 — the White House isn’t telling the truth.
I know, you’re stunned.

21 Responses to “Trump’s Excuse for Skipping Climate Talk Lacking”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    Climate change denial = lies = fascism = disrespect life = death

  2. al mar Says:

    Why was Trump even invited to the G6 summit anyway?

    • Sir Charles Says:

      Because it’s called G7 🙄

      • al mar Says:

        Well, the functional membership of the G7 include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and… the European Union. 😉

        • Sir Charles Says:

          Doesn’t make me laugh.

        • J4Zonian Says:


          Allowing governments and corporations to represent money instead of people is one of the most dysfunctional aspects of human existence, since the accumulation of money is pretty much without exception a sign of individual and/or societal mental illness involving addiction, malignant narcissism, and attachment and other problems in direct proportion to the amount of money.

          A realignment is called for to better represent the people of the world and begin making better decisions.

          Membership in groups like the UN, G7, G20, EU, IMF, World Bank, Senate, House, Electoral College…should depend on the number of people represented. In fact the voting power of each country in those groups should also reflect the number of people represented. Since many of the countries listed hardly represent their people at all, including the US, some equation reflecting how fair and democratic each one’s representation was—sort of a political Gini index—would have to be used along with population.

          Unfortunately any such proposal would be (quietly) laughed out of the room, because we all know money, race, and and gender are what determine power at every level, not fairness or desire for good, and any fair version of the organizations listed are not rich enough or white enough to have any real power at all.

  3. doldrom Says:

    Trump don’t need no schooling about climate change. Already know everything there is to know.

    • Sir Charles Says:

      How many are this Trump? He and his ego? Sounds like schizophrenic disorder.

      • Sir Charles Says:

        BTW, “don’t need no” means “they need”.

      • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

        That was rhetorical use of a dialect, as when speakers and writers consciously manipulate linguistic variation in order to invoke associated social meanings.

        Did you not get that? Are you on the spectrum, by any chance?

      • J4Zonian Says:

        I don’t think so . Virtually every professional who’s weighed in, and every one I’ve talked to, agrees that Trump is a malignant narcissist, a combination of Narcissistic and Anti-Social Personality Disorders (ASPD was formerly called psychopathy or sociopathy), according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5). Personality disorders are enduring, rigid, pervasive conditions, not just one symptom but a constellation of symptoms that interfere in major ways with the person’s relationships and functioning. Not just narcissism, but narcissism so extreme it constitutes a serious mental illness.

        He may very well suffer from other conditions, in addition to his obvious very low intelligence. That may be a result of his worsening mental state, which is beginning to look like it might also involve some kind of dementia.

        And PS, despite the common misperception, what used to be “multiple personality disorder” is completely separate from schizophrenia. It’s called Dissociative Identity Disorder.

  4. Gingerbaker Says:

    “Trump’s Excuse for Skipping Climate Talk”

    “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. ”

    “I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense, OK?”

    “I sorta get away with things like that.”

    “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”

    “Trump Steaks, where are the steaks? Do we have steaks? We have Trump Steaks.”

    “The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”

  5. Sir Charles Says:

    Ecowatch summarises: Trump Claims to Be ‘Environmentalist’ After Skipping G7 Climate Meeting

    “I’m an environmentalist. A lot of people don’t understand that,” he said when asked if he still doubted that climate change was happening. After citing his experience filing environmental impact statements as a real estate developer, he continued, “I think I know more about the environment than most people. I want clean air. I want clean water. I want a wealthy country. I want a spectacular country with jobs, with pensions, with so many things. And that’s what we’re getting.”

    As I said: Climate change denial = lies = fascism = disrespect life = death

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