Trump says he'll decide on Paris climate agreement next week
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 7:57
He said that while he would not speculate on Mr Trump's decision, he did believe the President was a pragmatist and he had hope the U.S. will stay in the Paris climate accord. The President teased his decision about the hotly debated topic in a tweet early Saturday morning Eastern time during the final leg of his first presidential trip overseas. "I think there was progress and there was a real discussion and exchange of views", he said, voicing hope that Trump would decide to keep his country within the Paris framework.
"Understanding this process, the (other participants) reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement".
A person familiar with the talks said six members of the Group of Seven would stick with their endorsement of the Paris deal, and await a decision from the U.S. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter before the formal announcement.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G-7 leaders "put forward very many arguments" for the USA sticking with the agreement.
If the USA backs out of the Paris deal, current and former government officials overseas have warned that it could harm two decades of work to reach the agreement, which is meant to slow the devastating effects of increased global temperatures.
US President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the productivity of the G7 summit held on May 26-27 in the city of Taormina on the Italian island of Sicily.
At home, the issue is a bit more divisive - even among members of Trump's own party. "There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not".
The final hours of President Trump's time in Italy were overshadowed by claims that his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner had undisclosed contact with the Russians during last year's USA election. It seems we'll know exactly what that means sometime next week.
"He came here to learn", Cohn said. White House adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president's son-in-law and daughter, have joined Tillerson in advocating staying.
British Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters that the G7 leaders agreed that climate was a priority, despite the fact that Trump is still mulling over his final decision.
Mr Trump flipped traditional United States foreign policy upside down on his tour through the Middle East and Europe, coddling Middle Eastern leaders with questionable human rights records while demanding traditional European allies pay more for their defence.
"Be it Niger, a transit nation, or the countries of origin, it is only through development that we will prevent illegal migration", Issoufou said.
European Union diplomats also looked to put a positive spin on Trump's refusal to back the landmark Paris climate accord, saying he had listened hard to their arguments.
"His basis for decision ultimately is going to be what's best for the United States", Cohn said Saturday.
"From increased tidal flooding, to worsening droughts, to longer wildfire seasons, communities across the USA are already experiencing the costly and harmful impacts of climate change".
There is no evidence that money has begun to "pour in" - and countries do not pay the U.S. or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation directly.