In a two-and-a-half-page document, the heads of state and government of the seven leading industrialized nations have outlined where the current front lines are in the western world. This is unprecedented in the history of the G7. But it was important for the leaders surrounding German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron to document the six-to-one outcome of the vote on the subject of climate. After the vote, Ms. Merkel referred to it as a “highly unsatisfactory” result. She could also have said: The Germans and their cars may be “bad” for US President Donald Trump, but from the standpoint of Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France, Canada and Japan, Mr. Trump is the bad, bad boy of the West.
These are not trivial matters. Mr. Trump appeared to pout as Mr. Macron looks as if he were approaching him but then turns to the side to greet Chancellor Merkel with a kiss instead. As much as such encounters reveal about Mr. Trump and his worldview, they remain trivial.