Foreign policy experts on both sides of the aisle predicted that President Trump’s decision to take the U.S. out of the world’s most significant agreement to fight climate change would leave the U.S. isolated on the issue.
Now they have one of their first examples of that argument.
Less than a year since Trump announced withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, a group of 50 world leaders — ranging from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to British Prime Minister Theresa May — will gather in Paris this week for an invitation-only climate change summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump was not invited.
Macron told TIME in November that Trump could receive an invite if he made an announcement showing he was willing to “join the club” and address climate change. But the Trump administration has done nothing of the sort and since that interview has gone as far as pitching coal at this year’s annual United Nations climate change conference.