Trump 'evolving' on climate action, pressured by Europeans

President Donald Trump said that he would make a decision next week on whether the USA would commit to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

US officials had signaled beforehand that Trump, who dismissed climate change as a "hoax" during his campaign, would not take a decision on the climate deal in Taormina, the cliff-top town overlooking the Mediterranean where G-7 leaders met.

The G7 summit has ended in deadlock without any agreement with the USA to commit to the Paris climate agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Cohn stressed Friday that the president was simply being critical of the USA trade deal with Germany.

One of those relationships was on display as Trump began the day with a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"His basis for decision ultimately will be what's best for the United States", top economic advisor Gary Cohn said at the annual talks in Sicily. Macron said he told Trump it is "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and the interest of the Americans themselves that the United States remain committed" to the Paris climate agreement.

Shortly before the communique came out, Trump issued a tweet saying he would make his "final decision" on the Paris Agreement next week.

Donald Trump and his six fellow G7 leaders, who seemed to take up a lot less space next to the larger-than-life USA president, agreed Friday to do more to counter violent extremism, but remained far apart on issues like climate change and free trade.

Cohn was referring to whether Trump will execute his threat to walk away from the Paris accord on combatting climate change.

Other voices are also sounding more loudly as investigations proceed in Washington into whether Russian Federation meddled to help Trump's election victory previous year.

President Donald Trump has pushed back against earlier group statements opposing protectionism and has argued trade must be balanced and fair as well as free.

The meeting's final declaration reflected a stalemate between the U.S. and the six other participating countries, who are all strongly committed to the Paris accord.

The 28 member nations, plus soon-to-join Montenegro, will renew an old vow to move toward spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024.

Trump, who will return to the White House under a cloud of scandal, started Saturday at the second day of the G-7 summit in Sicily, bringing to an end a nine-day trip that started in Saudi Arabia and Israel before moving on to three European stops.

In Washington, though, a newly appointed special counsel is just beginning his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

President Donald Trump is kicking off the final day of his first trip overseas with a meeting with Group of Seven and African nation leaders.

The day will feature a welcoming ceremony and concert at the remains of an ancient Greek temple, as well as a relentless number of meetings, many of which White House aides are hoping to keep short in order to keep Trump's attention. 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.

That means the G7 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.

  • Zachary Reyes