Donald Trump will make 'final decision' on Paris climate deal next week
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 1:42
She added: "Here we have a situation of six against one, meaning there is still no sign of whether the U.S. will remain in the Paris accord or not".
Backing out of the climate accord had been a central plank of Trump's campaign.
But first Trump has one more day in Sicily, which will include discussions of global economy and climate, a meeting with small African nations - Trump will be seated between the leaders of Niger and Tunisia - and migration issues.
But Gary Cohn, the president's economic adviser, said the president had told his G7 colleagues that he regarded the environment as important.
"His views are evolving, he came here to learn", Cohn said.
The United States produces the most carbon emissions of any country apart from China.
Diplomats said that on other key global issues, such as Syria and North Korea, there was broad G7 agreement.
"You sort of get the sense that he doesn't feel comfortable in this group", he said.
First lady Melania Trump introduced the president to the troops, telling the crowd that it has been a "very special" trip for her and a success for her husband in his role as president.
"Developed nations - particularly the USA and Europe - are responsible for the lion's share of past emissions, with China now playing a major role", said Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis. Multiple White House meetings on the matter were delayed in recent weeks, and Trump advisers ultimately said he would not make a decision until after he returns to Washington this weekend. Since assuming office, he has slowly rolled back a number of emissions regulations, stating that they are bad for U.S. energy companies. G7 leaders sign the G7 Taormina Statement on the Fight Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy on Friday, May 26, 2017.
"The threat has entered a new stage (as North Korea tests missiles and nuclear weapons) ... there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease", Abe said. The G7 statement said that North Korea poses an increasing threat of a "grave nature" to worldwide peace and security.
They will also discuss security cooperation following Monday's suicide bombing at a concert in northern England that killed 22 people and was allegedly carried out by a young Islamist militant of Libyan descent who grew up in Britain. But the image of a smiling Trump communing with a couple Middle Eastern dictators as they placed their hands on a glowing orb was hard to beat.
The final declaration pledged to "fight against protectionism", whilst "standing firm" against "unfair" trade practices. "But we want to be treated fairly".
Trump's pending review of USA climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that say little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Abandoning the Paris agreement would carry a high political cost internationally and face fierce opposition at home in the U.S. from environmental activists and American corporations that are investing heavily in cleaner technology.
The final communique was just six pages long, against 32 pages previous year, with diplomats saying the leaders wanted a simpler document to help them reach a wider audience. The member countries are: Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and the UK.