The King of Spain Felipe VI met this Tuesday with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and a delegation of congressmen and senators from the Democratic Party attending the World Climate Summit (COP25) in Madrid.
The meeting took place in the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, the official residence of the monarch, where they exchanged impressions on the development of the COP25 summit, which opened on Monday.
In addition to Pelosi, the delegation includes Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and other congressmen from the same party, including four presidents of parliamentary committees related to environmental policies.
The US Ambassador in Madrid, Richard Duke Buchan III, was also present.
Felipe VI already greeted the Speaker of the House of Representatives at the reception he offered this Monday, together with the Queen, in the Royal Palace to the foreign presidents and heads of delegations participating in COP25.
The presence of Pelosi and the other congressmen at the summit aims to reaffirm the position of the democrats in favour of combating climate change, in the face of the negative approach of the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
At the beginning of his mandate, Trump decreed the withdrawal of the Paris Agreement, signed in 2015, which establishes a global plan of action to limit global warming, although the U.S. exit from the agreement will be effective within a year.
“By coming here, we want to say to everyone: we are still involved,” Pelosi said during a press conference at the opening session, where he had a meeting with the acting head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez.
The 79-year-old veteran Democrat avoided speaking expressly about Trump and also made no reference to the impeachment in the House of Representatives against the president for pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family.
Pelosi was the one who announced at the end of last September the beginning of the so-called “impeachment”, which aims to remove Trump, if approved in the House of Representatives, where Democrats have a majority, and in the Senate, where the predominance is Republican.