Trump arrives at G-7 summit
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 2:32
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting one-on-one with Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Sicily today, where the US president has been clashing with other leaders over climate change and free trade.
Senior officials are preparing to work overtime in a bid to bridge what appear to be irreconcilable differences over Trump's declared intention of ditching the United States commitment to the landmark Paris accord on curbing carbon emissions.
Four of the group's leaders - including Mr Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May - will be sitting around the table for the first time. U.S. officials acknowledged they were expecting a hard discussion on trade after reports that Trump had described the Germans as "bad, very bad" and vowed to stop them selling millions of cars in the United States, during a meeting with senior European Union officials in Brussels on Thursday.
The G-7 summit is the final stop on Trump's first trip overseas as president.
French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly discussed climate change with Trump at length on Thursday at a meeting in Brussels.
The leaders' statement is also likely to outline support for an approach that distinguishes between emergencies and longer-term trends, and includes both refugees and economic migrants. "It's hugely important for Canadians, and we are proud to be taking a strong stand at home, a strong stand around the world on this issue", Freeland said.
But other leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron, had hoped to sway the president at his first major global summit since entering the White House four months ago.
Attending his first summit, he told his fellow G7 leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on Friday that he had not yet decided whether or not to endorse the Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
He also predicted "fairly robust" talks on whether Trump should honour a USA commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni acknowledged there had been no breakthrough on climate change, describing the future of the Paris pact as "still hanging", as Trump reviews the arguments for and against ditching the global deal.
Trump has publicly scolded some of America's most loyal allies for not paying their fair share of NATO's defense initiatives.
Trump promised that North Korea "will be solved", as G7 powers will confront a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation.
He began his foreign trip with a two-day stop in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, urging Muslim countries to take the lead in combating radicalisation.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu says the G7 Summit offers the President an opportunity to project Kenya's point of view on how to foster inclusive growth in the country, region and continent - especially on security matters.
Trump has also refused to commit the United States to extending sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its 2014 annexation of Crimea. He said they would discuss economic issues and also joked that, unlike their last meeting in Florida, the two men would not be able to play golf this time.