Trump plan on Paris climate deal unclear after G7 pressure
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 2:22
"The whole discussion about climate has been hard, or rather very unsatisfactory", Merkel said after the summit.
Donald Trump is pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord, several U.S. media outlets are reporting, even as the embattled American President returned home to a raging domestic political crisis after an eight-day, five-nation foreign tour replete with controversy.
"Be it Niger, a transit nation, or the countries of origin, it is only through development that we will prevent illegal migration", Issoufou said. "The president is spending time on the topic", said Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser, Saturday.
The U.S. president is due to return to Washington later on Saturday at the end of a nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe - his first foreign trip since taking office.
"I can't keep out of my mind the thought that, if an American intelligence officer had done anything like this, we'd consider it espionage", former acting CIA director John McLaughlan said in one TV show.
The U.S. president tweeted that he would reveal whether or not the USA would stick to the global emissions deal - which he pledged to jettison on the campaign trail - only next week.
"He came here to learn, he came here to get smarter and he came here to hear people's views".
There was agreement in some areas, most notably the efforts to confront terrorism, where leaders were galvanized by the deadly attacks in Manchester, Britain just before the start of the G7 talks.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham speaks during the hearing on May 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, he called for Russian Federation to be punished for its involvement in the 2016 presidential election in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. "His basis for decision ultimately is going to be what's best for the United States". According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the USA has previously been ranked the world's second-highest emitter, behind China.
The G7 also stated that they are ready if necessary to slap extra sanctions on Russian Federation if it continues failing to honour its commitments on Ukraine, the summit declaration reads. It would also be fiercely opposed at home by the environmental activists and by American corporations that are investing heavily in cleaner technology.
French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, in an interview to be published today in Le Parisien newspaper, said he found it unlikely "Trump would want to put his country in such an impasse".
President Obama helped negotiate the historic Paris Agreement in 2015, and it was officially ratified by the US and 194 other signatories previous year.
NY and California have already pledged to combat climate change without the Trump administration's support.
Donald Trump has said he will decide whether to pull out of a key climate change deal in the next week, having apparently shrugged off pressure from USA allies in recent days. He also said during his presidential campaign that he would cancel the deal, and has infamously and repeatedly called global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese (and scientists) - but Trump says a lot of things, and has, at least a few times, also hinted that he understood the threat of climate change.