James Mattis: Trump 'Wide Open' on Paris Climate Accord

"We are satisfied by how things went", said Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, while acknowledging splits with Washington in some areas. "It emerged very clearly in our conversations".

Further worldwide sanctions on Russian Federation for its role in the unrest in eastern Ukraine were cast in doubt as Trump arrived at the helm in Washington amid what appeared to be a softening United States approach towards Moscow, said the report.

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 worldwide agreement to curb carbon emissions. Should Trump leave the pact, the US would be the first country to exit, which would also be the second time that America has signed onto a global climate deal under a Democratic president only to walk away from the same agreement under a Republican predecessor, as President George W. Bush ultimately reneged on the Kyoto Protocol agreed to by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

'The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying, she told reporters. "There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not".

"On the campaign trail, Trump said he would "cancel" the Paris deal".

Sarah Ladislaw, who heads the energy and national program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said any diplomatic blowback to the USA for withdrawing from Paris wouldn't manifest itself in a "one-for-one trade off".

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", Merkel said after the session.

U.S. President Donald Trump came under pressure from his six allies in order to soften his stand against free trade and multi-lateral agreements.

In an attempt to understand what could happen to the planet if the US pulls out of Paris, The Associated Press consulted with more than two dozen climate scientists and analyzed a special computer model scenario created to calculate potential effects. Earlier this week he called Germany "very bad" on trade because of its USA surplus.

In addition to getting pushed on the topic at the G7 summit, the president also got an earful at the Vatican, where the pope presented Trump with one of his writings on the environment and the Cardinal secretary of state further raised the issue during a bilateral meeting.

It was unclear whether those meetings would still take place.

He made no mention of protectionism.

Host nation Italy had hoped to talk about Europe's migration crisis and problems in Africa, Reuters reported; on Saturday leaders from five African nations joined the summit.

But security concerns dominated Friday's discussion, colored by Monday's suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22. They also called for a demilitarization of "disputed features".

"In this context, we all agree on the importance of supporting developing countries".

The careful wording, familiar to anyone who has tried to get Trudeau to speak frankly about anything to do with Trump, belies how reliant Canada is on a good relationship with the U.S.

His global tour took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine, the Vatican, Belgium and Italy.

"I'm not prepared to talk about it", McMaster said, adding that he and Cohn were prepared to speak only about Trump's trip.

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