President Trump calls first trip overseas 'home run' as challenges await
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 4:15
European Union council President Donald Tusk Canada PM Justin Trudeau, German chancellor Angela Merkel, US president Donald Trump, Great Britain PM Theresa May, Italy's PM Paolo Gentiloni, president of France Emmanuel Macron, Japan PM Shinzo Abe and president of the European Union commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
Merkel left the summit telling reporters that the climate talks in particular were "very unsatisfactory".
Trump told his associates that he chose to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which sets long-term goals for each nation to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in order to protect the planet from environmental disaster, local media reported Sunday, citing multiple sources.
Although failing to find immediate common ground on a G7 approach to climate change, the USA did give backing to statements opposing protectionist economic policies and supported further sanctions on Russian Federation should they be deemed necessary.
Trump, according to the Washington Post and CNN, resisted G7 leaders' reported request that he adhere to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and instead tweeted on Saturday that he would wait till next week to decide whether or not to withdraw.
However, the U.S. has refused to recommit to the agreement, saying it will make a decision next week.
"We talked about how the positive relationship between Canada and the United States is one that we have to enhance and strengthen for the benefit of both of our citizens", Trudeau told reporters Saturday in the medieval town of Taormina, Italy.
Trump said he had helped forge more global cooperation in the fight against extremist militants, a threat he said was underscored by a suicide bomber in Manchester, England, and the killing of Coptic Christians in Egypt.
During the campaign he had threatened unilateral tariffs on Mexican and Chinese goods and said he would quit the North American Free Trade Agreement unless it is renegotiated to his liking.
Trump was criticizing the German trade surplus.
But Edmund Cairns for the charity OXFAM expressed disappointment, describing the summit as "a failure".
However, a diplomat told Reuters that other Italian proposals - which looked to highlight the benefits of migration and promote a major initiative on food security - were dismissed ahead of the summit. The president said recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, England and Egypt underscored the need for the U.S.to "defeat terrorism and protect civilization".
The final communique was just six pages long reflecting some of the areas where progress had been made. "Horrible. We will stop that", Trump said at the meeting, according to Der Spiegel.
The G7 nations also demanded action from internet providers and social media firms against extremist content online, vowing to step up their fight against terrorism after the Manchester attack.
"First, by not falling prey to the Canadian temptation to overtly criticize the president (and) secondly, by not holding Canada up as some alternative model or leader of global opposition", he said.