Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

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29 May, 2017

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 US out of the landmark Paris climate accord.

Breitbart News has independently confirmed this reporting and that Trump has told others the same thing: that he plans to withdraw the USA from the agreement. President Trump can still shift gears.

Others signaled hope that the United States would remain in the accord. "We were all very clear about that and about the role of the Paris agreement".

The summit of Group of Seven wealthy nations pitted Trump against the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan on several issues, with European diplomats frustrated at having to revisit questions they hoped were long settled.

US President Donald Trump is "wide open" on whether to continue US support for the Paris climate accord, Defence Secretary James Mattis says.

The reaction was swift and critical. Trump may be willing to stay in the agreement, Cohn said, if the US can scale back commitments made by former President Barack Obama. "But he stands in stark isolation".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was eight against one during the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.

At one point this week, the words "Paris Agreement" were almost excluded from the statement, underscoring how contentious the issue became in Taormina, said a Canadian government official who spoke on the condition on anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

"He is spending time on climate, he is spending time on the Paris agreement", Cohn said.

The G7 summit in Italy failed to bridge differences over climate change as America did not join the other countries in committing to the Paris Agreement.

Before the conversation between Trump and the other G7 leaders, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni noted that all the other countries had confirmed "total agreement" to the pact, while the U.S. commitment was an "open question".

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Mr. Trudeau said Canada was "proud" to host the G7 summit in the attractive Charlevoix region. So we're working on it and I will tell you, a big difference over the a year ago, money is actually starting to pour into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from countries that would not have been doing what they're doing now had I not been elected, I can tell you that.

He added: "We're all allies".

Mr. Trump has always been a critic of climate change.

However, the United States has refused to recommit to the agreement, saying it will make a decision next week.

At home, Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel is likely to alleviate pressure on the White House to respond on every developments in the Russian probe involving President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, which has grabbed headlines.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to discuss free trade, climate change, inclusive growth and gender equality at the G7 summit next year, in La Malbaie, in the Charlevoix region.

"President Trump should now return to Washington and make the right decision, take climate change seriously and take action with the rest of the world", said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International.

That tweet set a timeframe for the United States to quickly reconsider its original position, contained in the G7 communique, of abstaining from the pact.

Trump was also asked by Pope Francis at the Vatican last week to keep the U.S.in the climate change accord.

"Hundreds of US states, cities, and companies are also moving forward on climate action, as they recognize the tremendous economic development and job creation potential offered by rapid deployment of clean energy technologies". "He knows that Paris (deal) has important meaning to numerous European leaders".


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