Donald Trump to make final decision on Paris climate deal next week
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 21:13
"But what I made very, very clear.is that you can not build a strong economic future for your citizens, for your country unless you are at the same time protecting and mindful of the environment".
The gathering of leaders from the wealthiest democracies in the world ended without a unanimous agreement on climate change, as the US said it wanted to take more time to decide whether to stay on with the Paris accord - or back out, as Trump had promised to do on the campaign trail.
Concrete news of the U.S. stance could come quickly - U.S. President Donald Trump used social media on Saturday to indicate he would make his decision on the Paris deal "next week".
"Will take major action if necessary", Trump warned. However, he added that Trump wasn't immediately swayed by arguments from Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, France's President Emmanuel Macron and others to honour the Paris Agreement.
Earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised what she called "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory" discussion with Trump on the issue.
America's exit from the Paris Agreement wouldn't invalidate the accord, which still has the support of most of the world, including China, and is likely to proceed without US participation. There is right now no agreement.
Trump's failure to come to a decision on the Paris agreement reflects the intense discussions that are going on inside the White House that have pitted the nationalists in the administration with the more mainstream staffers.
Under pressure from allies, President Donald Trump backed a pledge to fight protectionism at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit yesterday, but frustrated United States allies with his refusal to commit to a deal aimed at stemming global warming.
He also said during his presidential campaign that he would cancel the deal, and has infamously and repeatedly called global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese (and scientists) - but Trump says a lot of things, and has, at least a few times, also hinted that he understood the threat of climate change.
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" on its auto sales to the U.S., and vowed to "stop this".
"I saw someone who listens and who is willing to work", he said.
A number of meetings were planned with chief executives of energy companies and big corporations and others about the climate agreement before the president will announce his decision later in the week, a source told Reuters.
Mr Trump had earlier called Germany "very bad" on trade because of its surplus with the US.
There was relief that Trump agreed to language on trade in the final G7 communique that commits to a rules-based global trade system. "They understand where we are; we understand where they are".
There was another caveat in the section on migrants and refugees.
Despite disagreements on the climate goals, G7 leaders has demonstrated unity on the issues of global trade and security.