Reporters noticed at the start of the session that the US president’s chair was empty.
Trump was later asked by reporters covering a meeting with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, whether he had attended the climate session. He replied: ‘We’re having it in a little while.’ He did not appear to hear when a reporter told him it had just taken place.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, confirmed Trump had not personally attended the climate session but that Trump’s team had been present.
He said he had held long and in-depth talks with Trump on the Amazon fires and that the US president “shares our objectives” and was “fully engaged” in the joint G7 effort to help Brazil put out the fires and reforest.