Merkel says G7 debate on climate was "very unsatisfying"
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 0:19
Tensions recently escalated between the two countries after the Trump administration imposed new tariffs on softwood lumber from Canada and railed against its pricing of domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, which impacts USA dairy producers.
The G-7 leaders had better luck finding agreement on the other problematic topic at the summit, trade. Macron won the French presidency on May 7. European leaders he met with at the Group of 7 summit in Sicily have been pressuring Trump to stay in the accord, arguing that America's leadership on climate is crucial.
"We have been gone for close to nine days", Trump said before departing for Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
"The president. has been dealing with foreign leaders, he's been dealing with jobs, he's been dealing with economic growth, he's been dealing with diplomacy, he's been dealing with unfair trade, he's been dealing with Paris [climate agreement], he's been dealing with China", Cohn told reporters according to The Post.
Trump reportedly described the Germans as "bad, very bad" in their trade practices while visiting Brussels this past week. "I think that all of the leaders present, starting with President Trump, appreciated the informality with which one in this format. can discuss things calmly and freely".
He added: "We're all allies".
In Brussels on Thursday, Trump excoriated fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders whose countries don't meet the military alliance's financial goals.
Trump is meeting with leaders from the G-7 nations in Sicily. "But we have made very clear that we are not moving away from our positions".
"He stands in stark isolation", said Alden Meyer, who has followed climate talks for two decades as director of policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. His Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, says the United States reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to USA companies and workers.
Macron said he told Trump it is "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and the interest of the Americans themselves that the United States remain committed" to the Paris climate agreement. Cohn stressed Friday that the president was simply being critical of the USA trade imbalance with Germany.
Trudeau also had trade on his mind as he grabbed a few minutes with the president, as last week Trump began the countdown to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The summit, which came to an inglorious end on Saturday, can not be considered an outright failure.
The leaders were unified on stepping up efforts to combat terrorism, but differences surfaced on trade and climate change at a confidential session on the first day of the G7 summit in Sicily, media quoted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as saying. President Trump tweeted Saturday morning.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Friday to increase pressure on North Korea as the authoritarian country has been repeatedly carrying out ballistic missile tests in defiance of global criticism. "It's a scandal there is no credible plan at all to protect refugees", he said.
He also deplored German trade policies at a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, saying Germany's export prowess was "bad", EU and US officials confirmed on Friday."He did not say the Germans were behaving bad".European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the report was "exaggerated" and that Trump was "not aggressive" in his comments.