G7 communique acknowledges split with U.S. on climate

Nick Mcbride
May 27, 2017

Even before arriving in the picturesque Sicilian coastal town of Taormina for the G-7 summit, Trump was facing pressure on Paris during his trip.

"So he knows that in the US, there's very strong opinions on both sides, but he also knows that Paris has important meaning to numerous European leaders". Only five of NATO's 28 members meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined. Italy's Prime Minister Gentiloni says it's a strong message of friendship and solidarity with Britain after the deadly Manchester attack.

The march is set for Saturday afternoon, as leaders of the world's seven largest democratic economies wrap up their two-day summit.

The White House budget includes big cuts to America's foreign aid and Mr. Trump has shown no inclination to take in more refugees.

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.

"The United States is evaluating its policy with regard to the climate, so the six other G7 countries will reaffirm their commitment (to the Paris accord) while taking note" of the USA position, a senior official told reporters.

And European hopes that Trump could be pressured into a more conciliatory stance on trade, climate change and migration at the G7 summit in Sicily were dashed.

The Trump administration has argued that trade must be balanced and fair as well as free.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says differences of opinion with President Donald Trump "emerged quite clearly in our discussion" at the G-7 summit.

The G7 was also unlikely to reprise its oft-used terminology against protectionism, after Trump reportedly described the Germans as "bad, very bad" in their trade practices while visiting Brussels this past week.

The Paris Accord is a deal signed under the Obama administration where 195 countries agreed to commit in the fight to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

"He came here to learn".

In a telling measure of the new state of affairs, the Italians say they expect the final statement to come in at just six pages when it is released on Saturday afternoon - down from 32 pages past year.

The gathering on the Italian island of Sicily kicked off on Friday, with world leaders engaged in a heated argument with Trump, who is considering withdrawing from the landmark Paris climate accord. "His basis for decision ultimately will be what's best for the United States".

In a final communique, the Group of Seven industrialized countries said that the United States "is not in a position to join the consensus". "And it will be solved at some point", said President Trump. Trump's promise of warmer ties with Moscow had called into question the USA commitment to sanctions.

European, Canadian and Chinese leaders have urged Trump to keep the U.S.in the accord.

But one White House official said Trump frequently told his aides that he wanted Germany to export fewer cars to the USA and instead manufacture more at auto plants in America. "Canada believes very strongly in a rules-based trading order".

"Be it Niger, a transit nation, or the countries of origin, it is only through development that we will prevent illegal migration", Issoufou said.

"Great win in Montana", said President Trump.

Security questions dominated initial G7 discussion on Friday and the leaders called on internet service providers and social media firms to "substantially increase" their efforts to rein in extremist content.

"We agreed the threat from Daesh [the Islamic State group] is evolving rather than disappearing", Mrs May said. The Prime Minister will make the official announcement at a wrap-up news conference on Saturday.

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