The G7 summit ends without U.S. commitment on Paris agreement
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 22:43
"While upholding the human rights of all migrants and refugees, we reaffirm 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", it said.
It was Trump's final stop on his 9-day overseas trip.
Trump on Saturday wrote on Twitter that he would make his final decision next week on whether the US would remain in the climate accord, an global agreement to curb carbon emissions.
The reaction was swift and critical.
"The whole discussion about climate has been hard, or rather very unsatisfactory", Merkel said after the summit.
On October 2016, India became the 62nd nation to ratify the Paris agreement.
Going on two years later, the Canadian prime minister is calling the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy a success, even as U.S. President Donald Trump refused to join the other leaders on committing to implementing that Paris Agreement.
"If he does withdraw, that would be a definitive statement from the president that he believes climate change is a hoax", Graham said in the interview, referring to a comment made by Trump in 2012.
Abandoning the Paris agreement would carry a high political cost internationally and face fierce opposition at home in the U.S. from environmental activists and American corporations that are investing heavily in cleaner technology.
At the end of a G7 summit, it's customary for the nations to release a communiqué that conveys areas of consensus among the nations.
In Europe, however, the pugnacious side of Trump reasserted itself.
The Group of 7, or G7, is comprised of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK; the European Union also participates. "He managed to do it with the Saudis and the Israelis". 'The United States needs to be out front on this pact'.
The final hours of President Trump's time in Italy were overshadowed by claims that his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner had undisclosed contact with the Russians during last year's U.S. election.
Trump tweeted he would decide on Paris next week.
"The whole discussion about climate has been hard, or rather very unsatisfactory", Merkel told reporters after the summit. Trump has said he would give world leaders the chance to make their case for the accord.
The leaders found agreement on other points, such as backing closer co-operation against terrorism after the concert bombing Monday in Manchester that killed 22 people.
The Paris Agreement is broader than any previous climate accord.
But that was then, when Barack Obama still occupied the White House. The latest move by Trump almost, albeit not entirely, negates that.
However, in the official dispatch from the G7, which all countries typically sign onto, the US did not join the climate section of the communique.
The Paris deal is the world's first comprehensive climate agreement, set out in 2015, with the aim of keeping the global average rise in temperatures below 2C.
"In the face of USA resistance, six major leaders stood together to deliver a message of determination around climate action". But they were struggling to convince the US president of the merits of free trade. He also reiterated the United States commitment to the North Atlantic alliance. The meeting with Merkel came just a day after Trump reportedly called Germans "bad".