Today, Theresa May will come face-to-face with Donald Trump at the 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg, and there’s one particular issue that she wants to address – climate change.
The Prime Minister was reportedly “disappointed” when Trump radically pulled out of the United States out of the Paris Agreement in June, which calls on all nations to take neccessary measures to stop global warming.
Trump has famously opposed actions taken to reduce the warming of the planet, calling it the ‘Global Warming Hoax’.
Ranting on twitter, the President accused China of creating a ‘global warming conspiracy’ for its own financial gain.
‘The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,’ he wrote.
Theresa May is set to challenge Trump on his climate change views at the Summit, which will take place over the new few days, arguing that the international agreement on tackling climate change is not up for negotiation.
The two leaders will hold a formal bilateral meeting, where she will also stress that Britain “remains fully committed” to the agreement, according to an official within the UK government.
The talks today will also focus on missile testing by North Korea. The Prime Minister will express during the Summit that it is “essential” that the international community unites to condemn North Korea.
“Our focus is on working with the US and international community on how we can increase pressure and find a peaceful solution to the ongoing threat North Korea poses to international security,” the UK government official explained.
“We will continue to play a central role at the UN – supporting resolutions on sanctions that will limit North Korea’s ability to pursue its nuclear weapons programme.”
This is the 12th G20 Summit and 21 leaders from across the globe are expected to participate.