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Trump Will Miss A G20 Climate Meeting To Confront Putin

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President Donald Trump will have to skip out on most of a meeting on global warming in order to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit Friday.

Trump “will have to cut short a potentially uncomfortable discussion on climate change, a major element of the agenda on which he has broken with European allies,” The New York Times reported.

Trump’s meeting with Putin is scheduled to start 15 minutes after the session on “Sustainable Growth, Climate, and Energy” begins. European leaders are expected to bring up the U.S. withdrawal from the Pairs climate accord during the session.

World leaders met in Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit, greeted by hundreds of protesters who took to the streets — some of whom have clashed with police, set fires and tried to disrupt the summit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been one of Trump’s most vocal critics, including for his plan to withdraw from the Paris accord. The Obama administration joined the Paris accord in 2016.

Merkel still plans on working with Trump on other environmental issues, and may even be trying to maneuver to get him to come around on global warming. Merkel’s husband reportedly planned on taking Ivanka Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on a tour of a lab that studies global warming.

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