Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Trump to decide next week on Paris accord

Trump to decide next week on Paris accord

The final communique released Saturday after a the Group of Seven (G7) countries summit gave its backing to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change - with the conspicuous exception of the United States, which said it would take more time to make a decision.

The French leader says he believes the arguments made by the six other members enabled Trump to understand the importance of that issue and the necessity the Paris agreement for the USA economy.

But since taking office, Trump has not moved to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the US about setting up secret communications with Moscow.

But by humiliating North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in public Trump may add to the growing backlash against him in Europe, making it harder for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, who have to answer to their own voters, to give in to his demands.

That means the G-7 is unlikely also to reprise its oft-used terminology against protectionism, after Trump in Brussels this week reportedly described the Germans as "bad, very bad" in their trade practices. The other G-7 nations — Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan — were weighing whether to issue a statement at the close of the summit reiterating their support for the Paris accord, even if the United States was not included.

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In a speech on Friday, Sisi said setbacks to IS in Syria were driving its fighters to try to relocate to Libya and Egypt's Sinai. About 70 have been killed since December in bombings claimed by ISIL at churches in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta.

Trump's pending review of USA climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that say little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"The mood of Article 5, the idea that we are all in this together, is not the mood he conveyed", said Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Trip stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel and the Palestinian territories secured broadly favorable coverage with Trump seen by some commentators as having finally hit a presidential note.

G-7 nations risk unprecedented deadlock on Saturday (May 27) after United States President Donald Trump ditched the charm for snarls, resisting calls for concerted action on hot-button issues such as climate change. The trip has largely gone off without a major misstep, with the administration touting the president's efforts to birth a new coalition to fight terrorism, while admonishing partners in an old alliance to pay their fair share.

The President, who was granted five military deferments during Vietnam, commended USA troops, saying that "you are protecting us and we will always remember that". Yet, the USA administration continues to drag its feet. The President teased his decision about the hotly debated topic in a tweet early Saturday morning Eastern time during the final leg of his first presidential trip overseas.

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"In the face of USA resistance, six major leaders stood together to deliver a message of determination around climate action". But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024.

"One thing you have to admit", he said of the president, "since he left last Friday, he has put in 14-, 15-, 18-, 20-hour" days of work. His lawyer said Kushner will cooperate with investigators. Twenty-two Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, sent a letter to Trump urging him to withdraw from the deal.

Broadcaster ABC News, meanwhile, chose to focus on the President's "awkward body language moments" - including pushing the Montenegrin prime minister out the way.

Rolled eyeballs were the order of the day among senior European Union aides who couldn't decide whether Trump was badly briefed, incapable of mastering a complex brief or consciously engaging in megaphone diplomacy in order to show he is serious about his America First agenda.

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Additionally, the official asked how Kushner would be sure the Russians wouldn't leak the communications themselves. His lawyer later said it was a mistake, telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he would amend the forms.

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