Trump to Make Call on Climate Accord Next Week

Numerous protesters carried flags or wore bandanas over their faces with the hammer and sickle symbol, a communist symbol.

President Donald Trump hasn't decided if the USA will remain a part of the Paris climate accord, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, as pressure mounts from Pope Francis, European leaders and Democratic lawmakers at home to remain in the historic pact to address global warming. "The president indicated we're still thinking about that, that he hasn't made a final decision", Tillerson said.

Earlier in May, Trump delayed a meeting on the Paris Climate Agreement, citing "scheduling conflicts" for the postponement. The world's developed nations are hoping for a signal from Trump about the fate of the Paris pact during the G-7 summit, Germany's environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, said Monday.

Trump is set to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before participating in a welcome ceremony and reception with follow G-7 leaders.

Diplomats said that on other key worldwide issues, such as Syria and North Korea, there was broad G7 agreement.

Abe adds, "there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease".

The chairman of the European Union's council says he agrees with President Donald Trump that the worldwide community should be "tough, even brutal" on terrorism and Islamic State.

Cohn told reporters: "They understand where we are, we understand where they are and it's most important that we continue to work together". "We will have a very robust discussion on trade".

"It won't be an easy discussion", he said.

Forty Senate Democrats sent a letter to the president insisting that a pullout would be devastating for the USA economy as well as the environment.

Trump said, "it will be solved, you can bet on that". The United States is now the world's second-largest polluter behind China.

Spokesman Georg Streiter didn't comment directly on a report that Trump called Germany "bad, very bad" on trade because of German companies' success selling goods such as cars in the U.S. Streiter said in Berlin that Germany's current account surplus - the broadest measure of trade and investment flows - reflects economic factors that the German government can't directly do anything about. There was no "disagreement" over the accord itself, the official said, but there were "differences" about how to apply it. If the United States were to "cancel" the deal, as Trump puts it, the impact would be substantial and mark a huge setback in the global effort to curb climate change.

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".

While running for president, Trump promised the US would leave the accord, taking aim at the cornerstone of former President Barack Obama's efforts to combat climate change.

President Donald Trump's positions on the hot-button issues of climate change, trade and migration stand in contrast to many European leaders. One potential compromise that's emerged in the White House discussions involves staying in the climate accord, but adjusting the USA emissions targets.

Trump offered two messages shortly after arriving at the G-7 summit of wealthy nations being held in the coastal city of Taormina, Sicily.

The two-day summit in Sicily's ancient hilltop resort of Taormina kicks off four days after children were among 22 people killed in a concert bomb attack in Manchester.

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.

Tusk spoke at the start of a meeting of the Group of Seven democracies in Taormina, Sicily. Merkel said the leaders agreed to "act against protectionism".

The chairman of the European Union's council says there is "no doubt that this will be the most challenging G-7 summit in years".

Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China, Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global 2015 accord on curbing carbon emissions. He has repeatedly delayed making any final decision on the matter.

Mr Trump's pending review of USA climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G7 promises which say little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Shop owners in a Sicilian town have covered their windows with sheet metal and cardboard ahead of a protest expected to take place on the sidelines of a Group of Seven meeting.

But some of that has been undone by now-viral images of the billionaire tycoon shoving his way past other leaders at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday, and by his reported comments on Germany.

Marcello Di Giuseppe, said he just wants to be prepared, because "if there will be damages who will compensate me".

  • Larry Hoffman