Macron fails to woo Trump's support on Paris agreement
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 9:36
Newly elected leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron, President Trump and veterans like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe will discuss ways to change the shape of global events.
France's Macron is already pressurizing Trump on the issue during their first meeting on Thursday amidst the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. At the Vatican earlier in the week, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin made his own pro-Paris pitch to Trump and his advisers.
G7 talks are expected to go late into the night tonight and continue through the day tomorrow, and a decision from Trump isn't expected until late in the summit - if it comes at all.
Donald Trump is working to understand the European view on climate change, his chief economic adviser said, suggesting the us president is sensitive to the diplomatic backlash he'd face in scrapping the Paris Agreement on global warming.
In the meeting, G-7 leaders asked Trump his time frame for making a decision.
President Donald Trump is attending the G-7 summit in Sicily - joining the leaders of six other wealthy democracies. Almost 200 countries agreed to a United Nations deal in 2015. Lindsey Graham of SC is among those who say the US should stick with the deal.
The highly choreographed gathering at NATO's new headquarters was supposed to be a display of Western unity, following the unsettling attacks on the alliance by Mr Trump during his campaign to be president.
He said the group's leaders "sometimes have very different views" on topics such as climate change and trade, "but our role as the European Union is to do everything to maintain the unity of the G-7 on all fronts".
It's unclear if the pope pressed Trump specifically on the Paris accord in their private meeting. Although EPA head Scott Pruitt and others have said they want the U.S. to withdraw, Trump faces intense pressure to stay in from China's President Xi, the Pope and members of his inner circle.
Trump and his people are looking into the details of the Paris agreement and wondering how binding it is and whether the terms are feasible, said Cohn. James Inhofe, who, like Trump, has doubted scientific data that suggest global warming is due to man-made carbon emissions.
"We made it clear that we want the U.S.to stick to its commitments", Merkel said, according to Bloomberg News.
While those comments were remarkable given Trump's fierce criticism of the Paris deal as a candidate, they were also in keeping with his emerging pattern as president.
The GOP senators sent a two-page letter to the White House saying that remaining in the worldwide agreement signed by Trump's predecessor pledging to reduce carbon emissions could fuel legal challenges to the administration's push to roll back environmental regulations. If any one of those companies wished to take actions within the scope of their business that they believe will improve the Earth's environment, nothing in the Paris Agreement or any existing US law prevents them from doing so.
"That's a hard balancing act", he noted.
British Prime Minister Theresa May was to lead a discussion on terrorism with her aides saying she would issue a call for G-7 countries to put more pressure on Internet companies to ensure that extremist content is quickly taken offline and notified to the authorities.