Update 2:50 PM
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted a video of him talking to President Donald Trump, despite earlier news that their meeting had been temporarily cancelled.
Pursuing the conversation. Engaging, keeping the dialogue alive, now & ever. Sharing, reaching out, always, to promote the interests of the French people, and all those who believe in a world we can build together. With President Donald Trump, prior to the opening of G7 Summit. pic.twitter.com/SD5hzLBO0X
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 8, 2018
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders send a short accompanying note to explain the video. “President Trump and President Macron had a brief pull aside earlier today. They exchanged pleasantries and briefly discussed trade. We expect an additional meeting to take place this afternoon,” she said.
The planned bilateral meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the G-7 Summit has been at least temporarily canceled, according to a White House pool report.
Trump is reportedly running behind, causing the 11:20 AM meeting to be scrapped. The White House is working to reschedule the one-on-one.
It is unclear if the cancellation is truly due to logistics, or if the recent spat between the two world leaders contributed to the schedule change. Macron has threatened an embarrassing rebuke of Trump as punishment for his tariff threats, saying that the American President could be booted from a declaration of unity by the rest of the leaders to conclude the summit.