Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump delays decision on Paris climate agreement at G7 summit

Trump delays decision on Paris climate agreement at G7 summit

Trump's surprise announcement, in the form of a tweet on the final day of his lengthy global trip, comes after he declined to commit to staying in the sweeping climate deal, refusing to give in to intense worldwide pressure.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says differences of opinion with President Donald Trump "emerged quite clearly in our discussion" at the G-7 summit. Cohn stressed Friday that the president was simply being critical of the USA trade imbalance with Germany. Most notably, soon after Trump touched down in Sicily for the final leg of his trip, news surfaced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the role his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner held during the campaign and transition, including his contacts with Russian officials.

The White House in March confirmed that Kushner and Kislyak met at Trump Tower in December for what one official called a brief courtesy meeting.

G7 leaders sign the G7 Taormina Statement on the Fight Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy on Friday, May 26, 2017.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says G-7 talks on climate change were "unsatisfactory".

Iain Keith, campaign director of Avaaz, an activist network, said: "Today, G6 leaders put our planet first, showing that even the U.S. president can not stop the inevitable clean energy revolution". The White House team also asked the French president to be "precise" in his conversation with Trump, the French official said.

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The six are planning to put pressure on Mr Trump over his opposition to free trade and efforts to combat climate change.

In a major speech on his second day in Riyadh to leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries, the President attempted to tone down his rhetoric and took his first major step toward attempting to unite the Muslim world in common cause against terrorism.

Seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal at their annual summit to give the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

But even that has prompted discord among participants as Trump, according to Italian sources and activists, resisted the hosts' desire to issue a declaration underlining the benefits as well as pitfalls of migration.

Down to the final day of his lengthy first global trip, President Donald Trump will lift off for Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, returning to a White House that sits under a cloud of scandal.

"I think we hit a home run no matter where we are", Trump said, before boarding his plane back to Washington.

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Trump was warmly welcomed in the Middle East, but in Europe he's faced a far cooler reception. Trump used his trip to promote "America First" policies, promoting $110 billion worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and telling G-7 allies that the United States needs a more level playing field on trade.

"Therefore we didn't beat about the bush but rather made it very clear that we six of the G7 member states plus the European Union continue to support the targets".

Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, said Trump wanted to hear out his counterparts' arguments for why he should stay in the landmark Paris climate accord.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries do not pay the US or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation directly.

In a meeting with leaders of the European Union in Brussels on Thursday, Trump complained about imports of German cars, threatening to stop them and calling Germany "very bad" on trade.

Mr Trump, however, seems bent on singing from a different song sheet, leaving the G7 bereft of a concerted voice as Russian Federation and China are loudly heard offstage.

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