President Donald J. Trump will not be taking part in an international climate change summit in Paris next month because he isn’t on the guest list.
According to an anonymous official in French President Emmanuel Macron’s cabinet, President Trump is “for the time being” not invited to the event in Paris, Reuters reported.
Over a hundred countries, as well as non-governmental organizations, have been invited for the Dec. 12 summit as they commit to implementing the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.
“The United States [has] a bit of a special status for that summit,” the official said, adding that the United States would still be invited to the summit, but at a lower level than the president.
Trump announced in June he would be withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement, a pact he denounced as “unfair” to the United States.
“The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” Trump said at the time.
The Trump administration filed a formal notice with the United Nations in August that it would be leaving the deal “as soon as it is eligible to do so.” The earliest the United States can leave the deal is Nov. 4, 2020.
Trump’s decision was met with widespread criticism. After his announcement, a dozen states and hundreds of cities announced they would go forward with the terms of the climate deal themselves.
The French official said everyone at the December summit would be committed to carrying out the agreement.