Trump told Macron he's under 'heavy pressure' on Paris accord

Officials provided little information on the discussions that took place at the summit that is being held in the Sicilian resort town of Taormina.

The leaders had left before the protest began.

At one point this week, the words "Paris Agreement" were almost excluded from the statement, underscoring how contentious the issue became in Taormina, said a Canadian government official who spoke on the condition on anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Numerous protesters carried flags or wore bandanas over their faces with the hammer and sickle symbol, a communist symbol. Trump wasn't swayed by arguments from Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, France's President Emmanuel Macron and others to honor the Paris agreement, agreed upon in 2015 by nearly 200 nations to cut fossil fuel emissions and boost funding to ease the effects of global warming.

And she described the debate on climate change as "very unsatisfactory". "I saw someone who listens and who is willing to work".

The United States, meanwhile, confirmed "a period of reflection" on the issue, Gentiloni said. During his first visit to the Vatican this week, Pope Francis gave Trump a 184-page letter on climate change. Macron won the French presidency on May 7.

In a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump discussed the threat posed by North Korea.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met one-on-one with Donald Trump Saturday on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Sicily, where the USA president has been clashing with other leaders over climate change and free trade. "Money is starting to pour in", Trump said, echoing a tweet earlier Saturday on the subject.

"He said, 'I would rather take my time and understand the issues and then get to the right decision on that, '" Cohn said.

United States compliance with its commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change would be "crippling" to growth, the White House said Friday.

Multiple White House meetings on the matter were delayed in recent weeks, and Trump advisers ultimately said he would not make a decision until after he returns to Washington this weekend.

It's the final day of the president's nine-day trip.

French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and British Prime Minister Theresa May will also be attending the elite club for the first time.

The Italian air force's Frecce Tricolori acrobatics team is putting on a show for the G-7 summit, streaming the colors of the Italian flag over the sea as the leaders watch from garden in Sicily.

The United States is the world's biggest carbon emitter after China.

The document says the U.S.is still reviewing its policies on climate change and the Paris Agreement, which Trump had promised to back out of during his presidential campaign.

The chairman of the European Union's council says he agrees with President Donald Trump that the global community should be "tough, even brutal" on terrorism and Islamic State.

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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that "we clearly said that we want the U.S. to respect the commitment made with the Paris climate accords" but "the United States of America clarified that it has not yet taken a decision and that such a decision will not be taken here", Bloomberg News reported.

"The United States is considering its position in relation to these matters and what its policy is going to be, but there was no doubt around the table about how important this issue on climate change is", May said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office says they also addressed trade cooperation and efforts to boost job creation on both sides of the U.S. "#G7Taormina." Trump also touted his call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to spend more on defense.

Climate and trade were sticking points at the two-day summit in Taormina, Sicily.

On the opening day of a two-day summit, the leaders endorsed a British call urging internet service providers and social media companies to crack down on the dissemination of jihadist content online, after 22 people were killed in the concert bombing in northwest England this week.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G-7 leaders "put forward very many arguments" for the USA sticking with the agreement.

The leaders "found a reasonable solution" on trade that commits to a rules-based system, Merkel said.

The G7 leaders have agreed to keep fighting protectionism, a win for the six countries that had been pushing Trump to come around to their view of free trade.

Friends of the Earth CEO Craig Bennett said Mr Trump - who once dismissed man-made climate change as a Chinese-inspired hoax - risked turning the USA into a "pariah state" unless he finally came out in support of the Agreement, which aims to stop global temperatures from rising more than two degrees centigrade and was accepted by his predecessor Barack Obama a year ago.

Almost every nation that signed the 2015 agreement, including the six other G-7 members, has agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Leroy Wright