GERMANY, JULY 7, 2017 – U.S. first lady, Melania Trump, skipped the first part of the programme for spouses put together as part of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday.
Other spouses – including Joachim Sauer, the husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron; and Philip May, the husband of British Prime Minister Theresa May – set off on a boat tour of the Hamburg harbour as planned.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, took their 3-year-old son, Hadrien, along.
The group is next scheduled to have lunch before heading to a climate research centre, a part of the visit Sauer insisted upon and which is seen as somewhat controversial, given President Donald Trump’s recent move to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The spouses are meeting while their partners deliberate in Hamburg’s main conference centre. (NAN)