G7 fails to agree on climate change because of Trump's refusal
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 0:01
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.
"I will give you my complete and unshakable support", Mr. Trump said.
Almost 200 nations, including the US, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) - 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.
A French presidential source said substantial progress had been made on the question of trade, particularly in the area of multilateralism, suggesting Mr Trump may have bowed to pressure for a more collaborative approach to global commerce.
On the other side, European leaders - and even Pope Francis - urged Trump to stick with the Paris agreement while the president attended the G7 summit. The summit's communique noted that the Trump administration would take more time to consider whether it will remain committed to the 2015 Paris deal to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.
But he refused to join the consensus on climate change, sending a tweet to say: "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!"
National security adviser H.R. McMaster, who joined the briefing with Cohn, said that Trump had "delivered on all three" of his core objectives for the trip: reaffirming American global leadership and alliances, solidifying "key relationships" with world leaders, and bringing a message of tolerance and unity against terrorism to Muslims, Jews and Christians.
On Friday, Trump said he was looking forward to discussing the issue with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying: "It's a big problem". The final G-7 statement expresses "understanding" for the USA review process.
"Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should".
"Do you notice how much stronger we're getting, are you feeling it?"
There, he bluntly accused 23 out of 28 NATO countries of taking advantage of U.S. taxpayers by failing to pay their way in the Atlantic alliance. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024.
Only five of the alliance's 28 members now meet the target: Britain, Estonia, Greece, Poland and the U.S., which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined.
The biggest idea of Trump's trip was to reorient US foreign policy in the Middle East against Iran.
The discussions, described by Merkel as "very intense" late on Friday, underscore the Trump administration's decision to break with the established order honed over decades. "First on the list, of course, is terrorism".
"Trump agreed that the fight against protectionism should be in the final statement", a G7 source said.
The president also raised eyebrows with his comment in a private meeting that Germans are "bad" for having a large trade surplus with the U.S.
Leaders of the world's top economies are trying to find common ground with President Trump's "America First" positions on trade and climate chang...
He was also spotted chatting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before the session began.
Every presidential trip overseas has its share of weird photo-ops.
But a communique released by G7 leaders meeting in Taormina, Sicily, made clear they have been unsuccessful thus far.
Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home. Like climate science itself, which Trump has dismissed as a "hoax", the pact has overwhelming support. After the summit, the president will address American troops on an Italian base before departing for home. But he also held one-on-one meetings with the leaders of Japan, the United Kingdom and Germany.
President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.
And he was pressured about the climate deal after leave the Vatican, when attending North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union meetings in Brussels with other world leaders.