Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump to decide on Paris accord next week

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily (AP) - President Donald Trump on Saturday said his maiden first trip overseas was a "home run" and he vowed to overcome the threat of terrorism, concluding a grueling five-stop sprint that ended with the promise of an imminent decision on the much-discussed Paris climate accord.

Mrs Merkel told reporters: "The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very unsatisfying".

A Canadian government official with knowledge of the negotiations said global trade and the Paris agreement on climate change - which Trump could back out of - remain major sticking points that will likely keep talks going through the night. Six of them are fully committed to the Paris climate accord, a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"His views are evolving which exactly as they should be", he said on Friday, adding that Trump would ultimately do what was best for the United States. Trade was a big topic, with Cohn saying the United States' guiding principle will be "we will treat you the way you treat us", suggesting that retaliatory tariffs could be imposed.

Trudeau is also set to meet with Trump briefly on Saturday.

Trump ended his nine-day trip with a speech to US troops in Sicily, where he recounted his visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and Italy and his work to counter terrorism.

"I think he is leaning to understand the European position", chief economic advisor Gary Cohn told reporters.

"What we do not want to see is a false compromise on nothing", Tobias Muenchmeyer, a political expert for Greenpeace, said.

A senior French official said Macron and Trump spoke at length about the Paris agreement - at Macron's behest - when they met for lunch Thursday.

"The threat has entered a new stage (as North Korea tests missiles and nuclear weapons). there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease", Abe said.

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"Trump's unwillingness to support the Paris Agreement highlights his utter contempt towards science, the worldwide community and welfare of millions of people across the globe", said Mr Bennett.

During his presidential run, Trump pledged to ditch the accord.

Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home.

The final G-7 statement, issued after two days of talks in the seaside town of Taormina, said the U.S.

"All of the G7 leaders are still getting to know President Trump", said Lilly, who advised former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper. Mr Cohn and other administration officials have said that Mr Trump will wait until after the summit to decide. One example is Trump's threat to quit the 2015 Paris Agreement is still on the table.

G-7 leaders were expected to issue a separate statement on terrorism yesterday, before issuing their formal communique today.

Twenty-two Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, sent a letter to Trump urging him to withdraw from the deal.

Marcon and Trump were both attending a G-7 summit for the first time.

In Sicily, Trump was again received warily, a president who ran an "America First" campaign with suggestions of disentangling the United States from global pacts now engaged in two days of pomp and policy with the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

The official said that if no consensus is reached on a hot issue like climate change, the text of the final communique will likely reference that fact, rather than remaining silent. "There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not".

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