G7 leaders to fight protectionism, but United States 'reviewing' Paris Agreement
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 21:19
Seven wealthy democracies ended their summit Saturday in Italy without a unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the U.S.is going to remain in the landmark Paris accord that fights climate change.
With President Donald Trump still reviewing the United States position, Washington is resisting intense pressure to commit to remaining within the framework of the 2015 global accord on curbing carbon emissions.
"President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution, rather than trying to shore up the flagging fortunes of the polluting coal and oil industries", Meyer said.
"There is so much work to do and I am excited to work with someone who is even younger and even more dynamic", Trudeau joked to loud guffaws from staff from both leaders.
European leaders have used Trump's stops on the continent this week, including at the Group of 7 meeting in Sicily, to launch a last-ditch campaign for Trump to stay in the climate accord.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G-7 leaders "put forward very many arguments" for the USA sticking with the agreement. "It will be solved, you can bet on that", Trump said. "He came here to learn and get smarter". Some are inferring the Pope was trying to convince Trump to support the Paris agreement.
There are four new leaders, including Trump, at the summit this year.
The G-7 leaders also cut a compromise deal to acknowledge Trump's stance on trade.
Previous reporting has said other members of Trump's orbit are also focuses of the investigation, but the reports Thursday evening were the first to name a current White House official. The U.S. has pledged to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels, which would be a reduction of about 1.6 billion tons of annual emissions.
After more than a week overseas, Trump will close his worldwide trip Saturday with additional G-7 meetings and an address to US troops at a nearby air base.
There was no immediate comment from the White House, but Trump has angrily rejected allegations of such collusion, and was expected to quit Sicily without giving the kind of closing news conference that is customary among the G7 leaders.
He faced a far cooler reception in Europe, where he has gone on the offensive, including an extraordinary scolding of some of the United States' closest allies.
Cohn said the President gleaned important information from his G7 partners but had not yet determined a way to move forward.
"In a world with more and more imbalance, uncertainty and fascination for authoritarian regimes, where our values are sometimes threatened, the history of our countries should be defended - our values", Macron said during the public portion of their meeting.
Trump also understands that Germany is bound by the rules of the European Union and could not unilaterally change its trade policies, Cohn said.
"They stressed the importance of shared leadership on issues of global concern as a means to promote peace and prosperity", it said.
Once more, he will likely be received warily, a president who ran on a campaign of "America First" with suggestions of disentangling the United States from worldwide pacts, now engaged in two days of pomp and policy with the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada. "Just this week, members of his administration indicated that the White House had not yet decided what to do on the issue". National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who appeared with Cohn at a briefing late Friday, quickly jumped in to reiterate that Trump would make a decision based "on what's best for the American people".
"The United States is evaluating its policy with regard to the climate, so the six other G7 countries will reaffirm their commitment (to the global Paris accord) while taking note" of the USA position, a French official said at the G7 summit in Sicily.