G7 leaders gather for 'robust' talks in Sicily

President Uhuru Kenyatta met his United States counterpart Donald Trump on Friday, May 26, in Italy ahead of the G7 Summit to be held in Taormina.

From left, President Donald Trump, European Council President Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni watch an Italian flying squadron as part of activities at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017.

The meeting comes days after several children were among 22 people killed in a concert bomb attack in Manchester, northwest England.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was to lead a discussion on terrorism with her aides saying she would issue a call for G7 countries to put more pressure on internet companies to ensure extremist content is quickly taken offline and notified to authorities.

"As they lose ground in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters are returning and the group's hateful ideology is spreading online".

Trump may be urged not to abandon the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change to tackle global warming and he was also likely to resist moves to limit protectionism in global trade, the report said.

Even if a decision is not forthcoming, European diplomats expect their leaders to push Trump hard on the Paris emissions deal, which has comprehensive support across the continent.

Mr Juncker later described the media reports as exaggerated, and said it was "not true that the president took an aggressive approach" towards Germany. "I have a problem with German trade".

"What the president means by free and open trade is, we will treat you the way you treat us, meaning if you don't have barriers to trade or you don't have tariffs, we won't have tariffs", Mr. Cohn said. "What there will be is a very frank discussion and exchange on why these trade imbalances exist".

In principle, the G7 embodies a potentially very useful platform for engaging Trump internationally.

In March, the USA got the G20 to drop its traditional pro-free trade stance, but Trump has postponed a decision on whether to abandon his country's commitments to curbing carbon emissions until after Taormina.

Speaking to reporters, Ms Merkel said Mr Trump's criticism of Germany's trade surplus was "inappropriate" and said she had talked to the president about the issue on the margins of the summit.

After criticizing his European fellows at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation speech in Brussels, President Donald Trump aarived today in Taormina, Sicily, where he will spend two days attending the G-7 Summit.

The gruelling week-long trip briefly diverted attention from domestic concerns focused on alleged campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

Trump called for improved ties with Moscow during his election campaign.

The summit will end on Saturday.

Happy holiday Friday! It's no rest for the wicked as this week we're playing Top Trump Tweets! Trump also complained about the large number of German cars being sold in the United States, officials said.

"Massive amounts of money" were owed, he said, voicing a long-held United States concern that others are not paying enough.

Germany is rejecting a US official's assertion that efforts to combat climate change will harm economic growth.

"We will be discussing many things including of course North Korea which is very much on our minds", Trump said before holding bilateral talks with Abe.

Hosts Italy hope the luxurious, relaxed surroundings will give the rich-nation leaders a rare chance for wide-ranging debate on an array of worldwide issues, including Syria, North Korea and the global economy.

  • Zachary Reyes