Trump says he'll decide on Paris climate deal next week

Other leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron, had hoped to sway the president at his first major global summit.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is chairing the meeting in Taormina on the southern Italian island of Sicily.

He continued: "I want to see Kenya take her rightful place on the world stage, feeding into the multinational trade mosaic that has always been part of our fabric". Pushing hard to persuade Trump to back the landmark Paris climate accord deal, after hours of talks that were described by Angela Merkel as "controversial" the G-7 leaders failed to get Trump's endorsement.

"He came here to learn".

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, talk with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they arrive for a concert in the Ancient Theatre of Taormina ( 3rd century BC) in the Sicilian citadel. The Group of Seven consists of Japan, United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Italy and Germany.

Following a second day of meetings at the G7 summit in Sicily and remarks to U.S. troops stationed at a nearby air base, Mr Trump was returning to Washington and a new crush of Russia-related controversies.

Leaders of seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration more time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

"If we do it right climate protection and growth go hand in hand - and then it is not really important if it is a man-made problem or not", said the German source.

Trump was lavishly feted in Israel as well, embraced by a prime minister who despised his predecessor and was eager to flatter the new president.

Abandoning the Paris agreement would carry a high political cost in Europe and China, where the deal is considered a bedrock for action on climate change, analysts say.

The announcement on the final day of the US president's first worldwide trip comes after he declined to commit to staying in the sweeping climate deal, resisting intense global pressure from his peers at the summit.

Trump also going against the grain on trade, taking a more protectionist stand.

However, the other G7 leaders pledged to "reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement".

Trump tweeted he would decide on Paris next week. "It will be solved, you can bet on that".

The two-day summit, at a cliff-top hotel overlooking the Mediterranean, began a day after Trump blasted North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for spending too little on defense and described Germany's trade surplus as "very bad" in a meeting with European Union officials in Brussels. Trade was a big topic, with Cohn saying the United States' guiding principle will be "we will treat you the way you treat us", suggesting that retaliatory tariffs could be imposed.

He says: "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".

A Canadian government official with knowledge of the negotiations said sticking points like worldwide trade and the Paris agreement on climate change, which Trump has promised to abandon, would likely keep talks going through the night.

German weekly Der Spiegel quoted Mr Trump as saying in a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday that Germans were "very bad" regarding auto exports to the US. It also rattled some diplomatic experts over the president's decision to not explicitly express the USA commitment to NATO's Article 5 collective defense treaty.

But diplomats admit Trump is unlikely to take a firm position at the summit, meaning a final communique issued by the leaders could be tempered significantly compared to the statement they issued at their last summit in Japan.

  • Leroy Wright