Yes indeed he did…and apparently he lied about why he missed it as well. It was the climate change meeting and he apparently just flat out didn’t want to attend it.
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!)
Add it all up and you get this: Donald Trump didn’t accidentally forget the climate change meeting. He just didn’t want to go. He didn’t want to sit around and be, in his mind, lectured by foreign leaders about how he needs to think and feel about the issue.
So, he skipped it. And then the White House, as they are so often forced to do, scrambled to suggest this was all part of some broader plan — when provable facts make clear it, well, wasn’t.
Or was it just time for Judge Judy?