Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

A statement, separate from the not-yet-complete final communique, said that while the G7 is already committed to the fight against terrorism, Monday's deadly attack in Manchester has driven home the need to step up efforts - and quickly.

The two-day G7 summit, that will focus on issues surrounding security and growth, began on Friday in Italy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) walks along with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Gentiloni.

The action on counter-terrorism Friday came days after a militant attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Britain that killed almost two dozen people. Four more of the victims were aged 14 or 15.

Greenpeace and Oxfam members carried out stunts on the seafront of Giardini Naxo on Friday to urge the Group of Seven leaders to fight climate change, one of the most problematic issues on the agenda of the two-day meeting.

That can bring a period of adjustment as the newcomers learn to see the benefits of having a smaller group that operates on dialogue and consensus, the Canadian official pointed out.

Spokesman Georg Streiter didn't comment directly on a report that Trump called Germany "bad, very bad" on trade because of the success of German companies in selling autos and other goods to US customers.

The remarks went down badly with European leaders, who had hoped Trump would use the opportunity to confirm his commitment to Article 5, the core North Atlantic Treaty Organisation principle that an attack on one member is viewed as an attack on all.

Comments by President Trump on Germany's trade surplus with the United States are getting attention as leaders of seven wealthy democracies gather for hard talks on trade and climate change.

Trump refused to say he would adhere to NATO's mutual defense pact, known as Article V. The White House claimed that his very presence alongside twisted World Trade Center steel turned into a memorial outside North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters was evidence enough of his commitment.

Besides a potential clash on trade, climate change is also the most contentious issue. "We will have a very robust discussion on trade".

"You know my love of Florence but (when we made the decision) we thought it was right to send a signal to say that the South and Sicily are full of pearls that can enchant the world".

Trump campaigned on a pledge to ditch the United States commitment to applying the 2015 Paris deal, which seeks to curb global warming by cutting carbon emissions.

Tusk also recognized that "this will be the most challenging G7 summit in years", because of President Trump's independent views that do not always mesh with the European globalist establishment.

Still, Trump hailed the trip a success as he arrived to the G-7 summit in Sicily Friday, the final stop of his maiden worldwide trip, a grueling nine-day, five-stop marathon.

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

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

European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron, had hoped to use the summit to convince Trump to soften some of his stances.

  • Zachary Reyes