US President Donald Trump to decide on Paris accord next week
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 7:53
Anxious about Trump's tendency to make things worse for himself with unscripted remarks, the White House staff has kept the president a safe distance from journalists for most of the trip.
Diplomats worked through the night trying to bridge the gap between the new US administration and its allies Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on a number of barbed issues, including trade, the environment and Russian Federation. "United States of America!" as the Air Force One movie soundtrack played in the background.
The trip did produce a series of headlines that allowed the White House to reclaim some control of the narrative, but the drumbeat of allegations back home continued to dog Trump overseas.
Trump flipped traditional US 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 defense.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also crossed swords with Trump on free trade at the G7, complained that the United States president was keeping his colleagues in the dark.
All of these matters will further hamper his efforts to implement his policy agenda and push significant legislation through Congress.
Trump added that a "truly historic week" concluded Saturday in terms of the United States' relations with some of the countries' closest allies.
Trump's position appeared to be addressed by new language that said the member countries would be "standing firm against all unfair trade practices".
In a joint statement on terrorism, the G7 powers also vowed a collective effort to track down and prosecute foreign fighters dispersing from Syria and other conflict zones.
Cohn spoke of the most "amazing deals that have really been made by an administration ever" that Trump had clinched in Riyadh, including both private-sector investments and arms sales.
Those calls had mixed results.
The march is set for Saturday afternoon, as leaders of the world's seven largest democratic economies wrap up their two-day summit. He even signaled that the Iranian threat could be a boon for Middle East peace, repeatedly signaling that Arab countries might soon align more publicly with Israel, which also feels threatened by Iran. "Just this week, members of his administration indicated that the White House had not yet decided what to do on the issue". This time the text stressed "the sovereign rights of states, individually and collectively, to control their own borders and to establish policies in their own national interest and national security, " while upholding migrants' human rights.
First lady Melania Trump introduced her husband, calling the journey an "incredible trip".
At last year's summit in Japan, leaders issued a lengthy communique in support of resisting protectionism, as well as helping refugees and fighting climate change.
Brussels also provided one of the abiding images of the trip when the leader of the free world was filmed muscling Montenegro's Prime Minister, Dusko Markovic, out of his way to get to the front of a photo opportunity.
"I didn't support this woman", Trump told Macron during the call. In group photos, Trump towered above most leaders, and tilted his chin upward in pride as he walked among his counterparts.
But here, as during most of the public portions of his foreign trip, Trump basked in the applause and reveled in the pageantry.
"President Trump should now return to Washington and make the right decision, take climate change seriously and take action with the rest of the world", said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International. "I'm not qualified to do that", said Cohn, who has briefed the president numerous times on the issue and attended G-7 meetings about it. "He came here to learn, he came here to get smarter and he came here to hear people's views".