World Leaders Blamed Donald Trump for Failure to Reach Climate Change Agreement
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 13:16
A stand-off between Italian riot police and protesters during which police used tear gas has ended without further incident.
Leaders from Tunisia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria took part in the discussions in Sicilian town Taormina earlier on Saturday.
Numerous protesters carried flags or wore bandanas over their faces with the hammer and sickle symbol, a communist symbol.
President Trump, coming off a G7 summit and meeting at the Vatican where he was pushed for the U.S.to stay in the Paris climate agreement, tweeted Saturday that he will make a decision next week. I think the president made it very clear that he's spending time on the topic.
"I saw someone who listens and who is willing to work", he said.
The G7 countries are Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and the UK.
As a newly-appointed special counsel is beginning his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and close adviser, has become a focus of the probe, according to The Washington Post. Prime Minister David Cameron was a month away from having to resign, and French President Francois Hollande was still expected to run for re-election.
The trip has gone off without a major misstep, with the administration touting the president's efforts to create a new coalition to fight terrorism while admonishing partners in an old alliance to pay their fair share.
Abe adds, "there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease". Trump's refusal to sign onto the pact came after three days of intense lobbying by other leaders, including Pope Francis. "He knows that Paris (deal) has important meaning to numerous European leaders".
"They understand the president's only been in office for a certain period of time, and they respect that", Cohn said.
Gentiloni says: "Discussing is always useful".
"I didn't support this woman", Trump told Macron during the call.
Tusk said that "I totally agreed with him when he said the worldwide community, the G7, the United States, Europe " should be tough, even brutal, with terrorism and ISIS" an acronym for the extremist group fighting in Syria and Iraq.
"Developed nations-particularly the U.S. and Europe-are responsible for the lion's share of past emissions, with China now playing a major role", said Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis.
"The Trump administration does face legal hurdles to their efforts to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and other domestic climate action policies, but they arise from US, not global law, especially stemming from the Supreme Court decision in MA vs. EPA, and the EPA's endangerment finding in response to that decision".
Trump can side with our closest allies, majorities of Americans in every state, faith leaders like the Pope, hundreds of businesses and investors, and almost every single nation in the world or he can go with the reckless ideologues and most extreme fossil fuel hacks to put the profits of a few before the health of American families.
USA officials said he had enjoyed "robust" conversations with his allies in Sicily and had also learnt a lot - especially in the debate on climate change, which he has previously dismissed as a hoax. The final G-7 statement expresses "understanding" for the US review process.
Trump's position appeared to be addressed by new language that said the member countries would be "standing firm against all unfair trade practices".
Climate and trade were sticking points at the two-day summit in Taormina, Sicily. Diplomats said that on other key worldwide issues, such as Syria, the South and East China Sea disputes and North Korea, there was broad G-7 agreement.
"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", she told reporters.
Pulling out of the Paris climate deal would unravel Obama-era climate change policies, and possibly the agreement itself.
Merkel says the seven wealthy democracies meeting at a summit in Sicily have had a "reasonable" discussion on trade and have agreed to reject protectionism.
He has previously threatened to pull out.
"What the president means by free and open is, we will treat you the way you treat us, meaning if you don't have barriers to trade or you don't have tariffs, we won't have tariffs", he said, quoted by Reuters.
He tweeted he will make a decision next week - but he did not, on behalf of USA, join the rest of the G7 in reaffirming a commitment to implement the Paris agreement. "Understanding this process, the (other participants) reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement". 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. Trump's promise of warmer ties with Moscow has called into question the US commitment to sanctions.