Trump rode golf cart while G7 leaders walked through Siciliy
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 17:10
As the G7 summit came to a close Saturday, the six other members - Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan - renewed their commitment to the accord.
The unexpected announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily ended up in deadlock on the issue, with USA partners voicing frustration at the president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.
During a working lunch in Brussels ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, President Trump made it clear to Macron he would not announce a decision on the Paris climate agreement prior to the G7, this official told CNN.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was "very hard, very unsatisfactory to have a whole discussion about climate change, with six G7 leaders against one".
Gentiloni says: "Discussing is always useful".
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.
Trump had earlier claimed there is no evidence that humans are causing climate change.
Trump's first foray on the worldwide stage saw him engage in a series of powerhouse diplomatic sessions in which he touched on the most pressing global issues: from terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the state of USA alliances and the global economy.
"There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but not a sharp open split like this", he said.
The G7 nations have made progress in negotiations on trade, notably on the issue of multilateralism, a French presidential source told Reuters, suggesting there has been some softening in the United States' protectionist stance.
Ms. Merkel told reporters she had pulled aside the U.S. President to say his criticism was "inappropriate".
"In Europe, where the leaders were less fawning and the press less forgiving, Trump got himself into trouble".
But that was then, when Barack Obama still occupied the White House.
The summit did find common ground on Friday in endorsing a British call urging internet service providers and social media companies to crack down on jihadist content online, after 22 people were killed in a Manchester concert bombing in northwest England this week.
Instead, the groups settled on language committing to fighting "protectionism" through trade and terrorism, as well as vowing to impose additional sanctions against Russian Federation if warranted.
Other odd moments from this trip include the "grip and grit your teeth" handshake with new French President Emmanuel Macron, the failed attempts at hand holding with the first lady and video of Trump shoving aside Dusko Markovic, the prime minister of Montenegro, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders got ready for their class photo.
Cohn, along with Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson favor the agreement, while Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt are against it. Pruitt was reportedly among those in which Trump confided that he intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. "Our leaders must act now to stop burning our tax dollars and stop trashing the climate".
The U.S. president is due to return to Washington later on Saturday at the end of a nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe - his first foreign trip since taking office.