Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

G7 Splits Over Climate Change with Trump's Lone Position


President Donald Trump said Saturday he would decide next week whether the United States would abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.

The president tweeted Saturday, "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!" Several African leaders also took part in the summit with Italy deliberately holding the meeting in Sicily to highlight the issue of migration But that only got a mention in the G7 leaders final communique, with security, trade and terrorism dominating.

Trump's failure to come to a decision on the Paris agreement reflects the intense discussions that are going on inside the White House that have pitted the nationalists in the administration with the more mainstream staffers.

Donald Trump continued to distance himself from fellow world leaders over climate change at the G-7 summit, and said he'll determine next week whether to pull the USA out of the landmark Paris climate accord.

Speaking to USA servicemen and women at the end of the summit, Trump promised to defeat terrorism and said he had made "extraordinary gains to advance security".

German chancellor Angela Merkel admitted her discussion with Mr Trump had been "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory. meaning there is still no sign of whether the U.S. will remain in the Paris accord or not", she said.

The US President noted in a second tweet that in the final statement approved by the world leaders, "we push for the removal of all trade-distorting practices....to foster a truly level playing field". But the failure of the U.S.to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, being the world's second highest producer of such pollution, will worsen and likely accelerate an already unsafe problem.

The French leader says he believes the arguments made by the six other members enabled Trump to understand the importance of that issue and the necessity the Paris agreement for the USA economy.

After lengthy deliberation, the document did include a separate threat, that was inserted into last year's G-7 statement, to take additional action against Russian Federation, if warranted, for its intervention in Ukraine.

"President [George W.] Bush wanted them to pay more for the common defense", Mattis told John Dickerson on "Face the Nation" in an interview.

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The Paris Agreement is broader than any previous climate accord.

The backing of the Paris Agreement goals from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Britain is not a surprise.

Aides to Trump said he was listening with an open mind to the other leaders' arguments about Paris, but had yet to decide whether to withdraw the U.S. from the pact.

"I think he is leaning to understand the European position", Cohn said when asked which way the president was leaning.

On the climate agreement, Cohn said that he did not know where Trump was in his thinking on the issue.

Cohn spoke of the most "amazing deals that have really been made by an administration ever" that Trump had clinched in Riyadh, including both private-sector investments and arms sales.

Tusk said that "I totally agreed with him when he said the global community, the G7, the United States, Europe " should be tough, even brutal, with terrorism and ISIS" an acronym for the extremist group fighting in Syria and Iraq.

The G-7 leaders also cut a compromise deal to acknowledge Trump's stance on trade.

"There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not", Merkel said.

"Look, as you know from the USA, there's very strong views on both sides".

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