Trump scolds European leaders who react by snickering
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 20:52
And he succeeded in putting off allies who were pressuring him to keep the U.S.in the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord, buying himself the space to make a diplomatically awkward decision that will please his base at home.
While the other six leaders that attended the G7 summit held press conferences Saturday at the conclusion of the event, Trump took off for a USA naval base, where he thanked his wife, Melania, for joining him, and touted his "truly historic week".
Still, there was irritation at Trump's refusal to show his hand on the Paris agreement to curb carbon emissions.
The president tweeted Saturday, "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!" Co-signers, desperate to keep the agreement together, have privately accepted that they may have to higher emissions levels for the U.S.to keep them in the pact, which Trump could eventually tout as a win, according to a USA diplomat.
Trump once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax.
While the G7 allies weren't able to nail down Trump's stance on the Paris climate accord, they did get some more clarity on the administration's position concerning sanctions against Russian Federation.
Meanwhile, Trump has hired attorney Marc Kasowitz as an outside lawyer to help him navigate the sensitive legal ground surrounding ongoing federal investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin.
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. But the lack of a public voice on the issue signaled a change in USA policy, which has preserved partnerships while also speaking vocally about the need for human rights reforms.
The White House did not disclose the meeting ahead of time, and officials offered no comment after it was announced by the Canadians.
According to the Associated Press, "President Donald Trump said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will be stronger because member countries have increased payments "considerably" and that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries do not pay the United States or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation directly".
The hectoring tone was inappropriate to the occasion, and Trump ignored the increases many countries have made in their defense budgets."Terrorism must be stopped or. the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever", Trump said, referring to Monday's suicide bombing in the northern English city that killed 22 people, including children.At a ceremony on Thursday to honor the only occasion in NATO's history when the alliance invoked Article 5, requiring all members to come to the aid of anyone of them that is attacked - the 9/11 attack on the United States - Mr. Trump infuriated European leaders by raising the money question. They agreed on the need to work together to deepen our security cooperation in fighting ISIS, combating radicalization, and responding to other common threats. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024.
Trump is meeting with leaders from the G-7 nations in Sicily.
"He feels much more knowledgeable on the topic today", Cohn said as the first day of G7 meetings wrapped. Having dropped the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" in Saudi Arabia, the United States of America president signaled to Arab leaders that he was prepared to work with them - provided that they were willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on U.S. weapons.Cohn said that Trump did not want his G-7 partners to think he did not care about the environment, so the president told them, "The environment is very, very important to me, Donald Trump".
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter before the formal announcement.
President Donald Trump has pushed back against earlier group statements opposing protectionism and has argued trade must be balanced and fair as well as free.
Having completed a very successful diplomatic endeavour in the Middle East with his reputation for being a deal maker intact, President Trump visited the Vatican, Brussels and Italy in that order to wind up his 9-day, first-ever foreign trip as the leader of the US.
Trump is seated between Beji Caid Essebsi, president of Tunisia, and Mahamadou Issoufou, the president of Niger, for his first meeting of the day. At the G7 summit family photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked away while standing next to Trump, who was looking down.
Here are five takeaways from the president's tumultuous trip.
Leaders from the G-7 countries were expected to gather at the San Domenico Palace Hotel on Saturday morning.
After the G-7 summit of economically advanced countries, the president will address American troops on an Italian base before departing for home.