Trump woos Macron, may disappoint on Paris Agreement

The Times (UK) confirmed the golf cart episode, "The distance between Donald Trump and his G7 partners was spelled out dramatically today when Theresa May and the leaders of Italy, France, Germany, Japan and Canada strolled the streets of Taormina, Sicily - while he followed in a golf cart".

As the G-7 summit came to a close Saturday, the six other members - Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan - renewed their commitment to the accord.

But first Trump has one more day in Sicily, which will include discussions of global economy and climate, a meeting with small African nations - Trump will be seated between the leaders of Niger and Tunisia - and migration issues.

"President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution", Meyer said.

In a tweet after his plane took off, Trump said he had had "great meetings on everything, especially on trade", highlighting the part of the communique which called "for the removal of all trade-distorting practices". The president's views on the Paris accord, however, are evolving, White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn told reporters Friday in Italy.

G-7 finance ministers meeting in Bari, Italy, earlier this month agreed only to say they are "working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies".

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. This will put him in an opposing role against the climate change pledge.

Trump, who will return to the White House under a cloud of scandal, started Saturday at the second day of the G-7 summit in Sicily, bringing to an end a nine-day trip that started in Saudi Arabia and Israel before moving on to three European stops.

United Kingdom newspaper The Mirror ran a story titled "Donald Trump "caught pretending to listen" at G7 summit - after crucial mistake "gives him away" that was based entirely off of Landale's tweet.

Even if a decision is not forthcoming, European diplomats expect their leaders to push Trump hard on the Paris emissions deal, which has comprehensive support across the continent.

"Trump's unwillingness to support the Paris Agreement highlights his utter contempt towards science, the global community and welfare of millions of people across the globe", said Mr Bennett.

After leaving this picturesque town on the rugged Sicilian hillsides, Trump helicoptered to the U.S. Naval Air Station at Sigonella on the island to board Air Force One for the flight home.

But with Trump promising to build a "beautiful" wall on the US-Mexico border, it also said: "we reaffirm the sovereign rights of states, individually and collectively, to control their own borders". "His basis for decision is ultimately going to be what's best for the United States".

Not yet on the agenda: a news conference. On his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the USA president stated that the Palestinian leader "assured me he's willing to reach for peace with Israel in good faith", and told the crowd that "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured me that he too was ready to reach for peace".

Merkel, by contrast, was attending her 12th such gathering, and clearly believed she had overcome climate change scepticism at a 2007 summit, when she convinced the then U.S. President George W. Bush to pursue substantial cuts in greenhouse gases. He also reiterated the USA commitment to the North Atlantic alliance.

  • Leroy Wright