G7 breaks up without US agreement on climate
- Author: Leroy Wright May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 15:52
Trump declined to endorse the Paris climate accords last Saturday, ending his first foreign trip much as he began it: at odds with several of the nation's allies and under a cloud of questions back home about his ties to Russian Federation. But Trump did not forget his usual appeal for others to pay their share. They add, however, top political appointees at EPA "were relieved" when Trump refused to join a consensus G7 statement reaffirming "their strong commitment" to the Paris accord. He tweeted on Saturday that his "final decision" on the Paris agreement would come this week.
"It is better for United States to withdraw from the Paris Accord completely rather than remain and undermine it from within".
France's Le Monde newspaper said: "During this visit, President Trump maintained his line 'America First, ' refusing to take a step to improve U.S". Trump's cabinet itself is said to be divided on the issue, but the President is a known skeptic of global warming data and is beholden to America's coal country and blue collar workers for his electoral college win.
"The president's only been in office for a certain period of time, and they respect that", Cohn said.
While Trump's decision was not a surprise, the reaction was swift and critical.
U.S. President Donald Trump was reportedly the main factor behind the disagreements.
Having got it in the ear last week from G7 leaders urging him to stick with the accord, his aides said his thinking on the topic was evolving.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was more downbeat, calling the G-7 climate talks "very unsatisfactory". Headlines all week have been providing a counterpoint to the White House version of meetings. Macron said he told Trump it is "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and the interest of the Americans themselves that the United States remain committed" to the Paris climate agreement.
Trump greets people after speaking to U.S. military troops at Naval Air Station Sigonella Saturday in Sigonella Italy
"We are satisfied by how things went", said Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, while acknowledging splits with Washington in some areas. And the president's stance against climate change as a science and as an global issue is disturbing, to say the least. And to some degree, it did, if only because the White House engineered the itinerary to keep Trump far away from reporters who could ask him questions.
In some ways, it was not one trip, but two, each with very different themes.
Rolled eyeballs were the order of the day among senior European Union aides who couldn't decide whether Trump was badly briefed, incapable of mastering a complex brief or consciously engaging in megaphone diplomacy in order to show he is serious about his "America first" agenda. "The contrast was remarkable: for this first time I can think of, we saw an American president who is more at home among Arab monarchs than democratic European allies". Another, calling itself "Women Against Trump", planned to protest what marchers said was the president's "sexism". And in the heart of Europe, Trump berated NATO allies over their financial commitments and would not explicitly endorse the "one for all, all for one" defense doctrine that has been the cornerstone of trans-Atlantic security for decades.
"His advisers tried to make him understand that there are some allies that are really nervous and needed reassurance", said Volker Perthes, the director of the German Institute for global and Security Affairs. The official says the prime minister took a conciliatory tone during the climate discussions.
Brian McKeon, a senior policy official in the Pentagon during the Obama administration, said: "The in-your-face thing at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters was pretty undiplomatic".
Peace in the Middle East: Instead of criticizing the Saudi regime or encouraging a more democratic way of governing, Trump was decidedly diplomatic: "We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship".
This accord received near unanimous approval by world governments at the United Nations climate summit in Paris in 2015 and entered into force on November 4, 2016.