Tusk: We must be 'tough, even brutal' on terror

One man toted his groceries through the crowd, and two little girls in white T-shirts were waving at the leaders.

G-7 nations haven't yet settled on wording for pledges on either climate or trade, a Canadian government official told reporters in one briefing.

Trump, who was elected in November, ran a campaign in which he rejected numerous tenants that the group has stood for, such as free trade, multilateralism, and climate change.

He said, "If those things collide, growing our economy is going to win".

"Indeed that is something we see in the United States at the state level, various governors are moving forward with very aggressive climate action plans". He said his dad is from Germany. "And the key question is whether one is part of this early on or not".

He also predicted "fairly robust" talks on whether Trump should honor a USA commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The final communique from Taormina could give important pointers on the course of USA policy, which has been a puzzle amid mixed signals from Trump on several other fronts, including relations with Russia, Syria, North Korea and Iran.

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.

"He did not say the Germans were behaving bad".

"It is a forum made for Donald Trump's particular style".

Republican Greg Gianforte won his race despite having been charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly slamming a reporter to the ground.

Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump are both cutting elegant figures at events for spouses on the sidelines of the G-7 summit.

Gianforte will fill the seat once held by Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Leaders of the world's rich nations braced for contentious talks with Donald Trump at a G7 summit in Sicily on Friday after the US president lambasted North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending more on defence and accused Germany of "very bad" trade policies.

German chancellor Angela Merkel took Mr Trump to task for reportedly calling Germany "bad, very bad" for flooding the USA market with cars during a meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, and Donald Tusk, president of the EU Council, in Brussels on Thursday.

Mrs May told him that the United Kingdom and the 27 European Union member states should be discussing their future relationship at the same time as discussing the terms of the UK's withdrawal, a Downing Street spokesman said.

Stressing that Trump would put economic development first, Cohn also said the United States was looking forward to "robust discussions about what free and open means".

Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump had "tremendous respect" for Germany and had only complained about unfair trade practices in the meeting. "We believe in clean water", he said.

Trump has largely stuck to script and kept his tweeting to a minimum on a trip which has taken him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, the Vatican and Brussels.

Italy hosted the G7 meeting in Sicily to draw attention to Africa and the plight of migrants who are risking their lives in ever greater numbers to make the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe.

The dramatic destination overlooks the Ionian Sea.

While there has not yet been the kind of bombast that had been predicted before Trump made his worldwide debut at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mini-summit Thursday, numerous same leaders who gathered here for the meeting of the seven leading western economies have put Trump under relentless pressure to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change agreed to in late 2015 by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal bloc of industrialised democracies.

European Council chief Donald Tusk predicted a hard summit.

Italy wants G7 partners, starting from the U.S., to commit to the stabilisation of Libya, where most refugees set off from, and steer discussions on the wider issue of fostering Africa's economic development. "They shouldn't have held this meeting here, or they should have done it in April, not in May when the tourists start to come". It's a big problem, it's a world problem and it will be solved.

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

But since four of the seven leaders are new at the table, the European Union leaders' experience in talks on this level could prove handy.

Abe, who joined Trump at Mar-a-Lago in February, joked about playing golf.

  • Zachary Reyes