German Chancellor Angela Merkel says G7 debate on climate was "very unsatisfying"
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:39
Meanwhile, Democrats are urging Trump not to withdraw from the agreement.
"I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week", Trump said in a Twitter post, apparently after other Group of Seven leaders failed to persuade him to back the 2015 carbon-capping pact during their two-day summit in Taormina, Sicily.
On trade, the G7 vowed "to keep our markets open and to fight protectionism", but also to combat "unfair trade practices" and help those left behind by globalisation, after Trump came to power vowing "America First".
Why is there no deal on climate change?
"The United States is considering its position in relation to these matters and what its policy is going to be, but there was no doubt around the table about how important this issue on climate change is", May said.
However, the other G7 leaders pledged to "reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement". His trip was closely watched by political observers looking for clues on future United States relations with the wider world.The nine-day trip - Trump's first as president - took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Belgium, along with a pair of stops in Italy."Therefore we didn't beat about the bush but rather made it very clear that we six of the G7 member states plus the European Union continue to support the targets"."The single greatest strength to our armed forces is you, you, all of you", Trump said to the troops. He came here to get smart.
"President [George W.] Bush wanted them to pay more for the common defense", Mattis told John Dickerson on "Face the Nation" in an interview. He described a "very robust conversation. a lot of give and take" in discussions that included leaders from Japan, Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Italy.
The drafters of the summit's final communique had no way of hiding the division which exists on climate change.
In the final communiqué at the end of two-day their summit in Sicily, the heads of the world's seven leading industrialized democracies acknowledged that the United States stood apart on the 195-nation Paris agreement to cut pollution levels.
When it was pointed out that every other leader at the G-7 had scheduled a news conference at the conclusion of the meeting, Cohn, who was speaking in front of a television screen on which Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni was addressing the media and taking questions, Cohn said, "I'm not sure that's true". On this subject, the G1 acts alone.
An enduring motif of the G7, which represents the lion's share of global economic output, has been to champion free trade. But this was before the election of Donald Trump and his campaign slogan of "America First".
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 USA, and vowed to "stop this".
Senior Trump administration officials said that the change in rhetoric wasn't a softening of his stance, instead pointing to Trump's direct call for Muslim leaders to bear more responsibility for the plight of Islamist extremism.
Leaders from Tunisia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria took part in the discussions in Sicilian town Taormina earlier on Saturday.
"In this context, we all agree on the importance of supporting developing countries".
But even that prompted discord among participants as Trump, according to Italian sources and activists, resisted the hosts' desire to issue a declaration underlining the benefits as well as pitfalls of migration.
A statement originally meant to be separate and run into several pages has now been condensed to two paragraphs.
"Mr. Trump is a pragmatist and I'm hopeful that once he considers all the arguments we made and in the interests of his country he will confirm his commitment", Macron said.
He is now returning to the United States, where his approval ratings are low.
"We commit to adopting appropriate policies so that all firms and citizens can make the most of opportunities offered by the global economy", it says.
But James P. Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state for Bill Clinton, was far less forgiving.
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Trump also touted a renewed commitment by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to spend more on defense.
Before that, he visited Pope Francis in Rome and toured the Middle East - first Saudi Arabia, then Israel and the Palestinian territories.