G-7 source: US gets more time for climate pact answer
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 9:33
He added that he was "awed by the majesty and beauty of the Holy Land and the faith and reverence of the devoted people who live there".
G7 nations risked unprecedented deadlock on Saturday as US President Donald Trump resisted pressure to sign up to joint positions on hot-button issues such as climate change, trade and migration.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and US President Donald Trump speak at Ben Gurion International Airport prior to the latter's departure from Israel on May 23, 2017.
The official said this is based on Trump talking about innovation in clean technology and renewable energy, as well as demonstrating an understanding of climate change.
Cohn told reporters: "They understand where we are, we understand where they are and it's most important that we continue to work together".
The biggest idea of Trump's trip was to reorient US foreign policy in the Middle East against Iran.
The G-7 leaders also cut a compromise deal to acknowledge Trump's stance on trade. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. about setting up secret communications with Moscow.
President Trump tweeted Saturday morning. His top economic and national security advisers refused to answer questions during a press briefing Saturday.
Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters on Friday that the USA president had told his fellow G7 leaders that "the environment is very, very important to me, Donald Trump"-but reiterated his concerns that the US was falling behind India and China in manufacturing".
The G7 takes no mandatory decisions, and the meeting is billed as an opportunity to allow leaders to exchange ideas in key issues. The document stated while the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom and the presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission are reaffirming their commitment to the Paris agreement, the U.S.
Almost every nation that signed the 2015 agreement has agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Backing out of the deal was a central plank of Trump's campaign, and aides have been exploring whether they can adjust the framework of the deal even if they do not opt out entirely.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised what she called "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory" discussion with Trump on the issue.
The trip has gone off without a major misstep, with the administration touting the president's efforts to create a new coalition to fight terrorism while admonishing partners in an old alliance to pay their fair share.
Trump took part in the ceremonial spectacle of the summit, this time at a picturesque Sicilian town above the Mediterranean Sea.
French President Emanuel Macron said he viewed Trump as a "pragmatist" who would support the deal in the end, according to Reuters. He also touted his meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, adding, "We're behind North Atlantic Treaty Organisation all the way".
The president vowed to provide troops with new equipment and vehicles, and touted his budget proposal - which calls for a $54 billion increase in defense spending for the next fiscal year - as an indication of his commitment to the military.