G7 summit ends deadlocked on climate change

Trump may be willing to stay in the agreement, Cohn said, if the U.S. can scale back commitments made by former President Barack Obama.

"Understanding this process, the Heads of State and of Government of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom and the Presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement, as previously stated at the Ise-Shima Summit", the communique said.

The US president tweeted he would make his final decision on the Paris Agreement after his return to Washington.

At the summit's end, Mr Trump gave no closing press conference, presumably to avoid questions on his son-in-law Jared Kushner's reported plans to set up a secret communications channel with Russian Federation, reported The Guardian.

Experts quickly said it was Trump's failure to endorse the deal that made it impossible to reach more concrete action on climate change. Trump has said he would give world leaders the chance to make their case for the accord. Trump's National Economic Counselor Gary Cohn said.

President Donald Trump ended his first worldwide trip by making clear just how alone the United States is now when it comes to climate change.

Trump said that he's waiting for the analysis of the steel and aluminum industries that the US Department of Commerce plans to publish in June. His Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the United States reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to US companies and workers.

The dramatic announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily wrapped up in deadlock on the issue, with United States partners voicing frustration at the president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

After a first round of meetings Friday, Cohn, who favors retaining the agreement, had said Trump's position was "evolving".

However, he gave a speech to USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops stationed at the Sigonella air base in Italy, saying he thought he had "hit a home run" everywhere he had been on his first foreign trip since taking office.

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However, in the official dispatch from the G7, which all countries typically sign onto, the United States of America did not join the climate section of the communique.

The Trump administration is reported to be divided on the issue.

"We call upon all countries of the region to play a constructive role by contributing to efforts to achieve inclusive political solutions, reconciliation and peace, which are the only way to eradicate ISIL, other terrorist groups and violent extremism in the long-term in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and beyond", the communique says. He also reiterated the United States commitment to the North Atlantic alliance.

  • Leroy Wright