Trump Breaks With Other G7 Nations, Delays Committing to Paris Climate Accord

What's less clear is how Trump will confront those issues with the fresh perspective of his foreign travels, if at all.

Abe adds, "there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease".

But US partners hit deadlock in their attempt to persuade Trump to keep the world's biggest economy inside the framework of the 2015 Paris Agreement on curbing carbon emissions to reduce global warming. "Money is starting to pour in", Trump said, echoing a tweet earlier today on the subject. "Together we'll overcome this threat".

Trump's top aides have refused to address reports Trump's son-in-law - White House adviser Jared Kushner - and a Russian diplomat may have discussed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.

So the question becomes not whether Trump will change, but how he will change when he returns home after connecting meaningfully with dozens of allies and world leaders who have now witnessed his resolve face-to-face, and many of whom appear ready for an actual reset of the world stage.

"The discussions on trade are making substantial progress, notably on the issue of multilateralism", a French presidential source said.

It turns out a year is a long time in G-7 summitry.

According to Reuters, Merkel said that everyone at the G7 summit table was urging Trump to stick with the pact.

President Donald Trump declined to endorse the Paris climate accords on Saturday, saying he would decide in the coming days whether the United States would pull out of the 195-nation agreement.

The uncertainty over his position on the Paris agreement puts him at odds with other members of the G7.

"There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but not a sharp open split like this", he said.

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States", Mr. Trump said.

German chancellor Angela Merkel admitted her discussion with Mr Trump had been "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory. meaning there is still no sign of whether the USA will remain in the Paris accord or not", she said.

The G-7 includes the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

'The summit has ended with two waffly paragraphs about refugees and migration. Diplomats said that on other key global issues, such as Syria, the South and East China Sea disputes and North Korea, there was broad G-7 agreement. "There's a situation where it's six, if you count the European Union, seven, against one", she said.

"The contrast was remarkable: for this first time I can think of, we saw an American president who is more at home among Arab monarchs than democratic European allies", Chollet, a former Obama administration official, wrote in Foreign Policy.

In Saudi Arabia, Trump called on the leaders of Muslim countries to shoulder more of the weight of the fight against terrorist groups like ISIS - matching his calls on the campaign for Muslim countries to shoulder more of the financial and military burden of the fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. He also griped how other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members don't pay their share of 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense. Trump tweeted that he will make his decision next week, signaling that he has yet to officially make up his mind.

In its final communique, G7 leaders said USA officials are "in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics".

Shop owners in a Sicilian town have covered their windows with sheet metal and cardboard ahead of a protest expected to take place on the sidelines of a Group of Seven meeting.

  • Leroy Wright