Trump refuses to get in line for climate deal

Nick Mcbride
May 28, 2017

Italy hosted the G7 meeting in Sicily to draw attention to Africa and the plight of migrants who are risking their lives in ever greater numbers to make the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is one of the four new leaders attending the G7 meeting for the first time, said more needed to be done to support countries like Niger.

He has rolled back a number of Obama-era climate change measures, which will hamper US efforts to fulfill its Paris pledges.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni acknowledged there had been no breakthrough on climate change, describing the future of the Paris pact as "still hanging", as Trump reviews the arguments for and against the United States ditching the global deal.

Separately, Mr Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May reaffirmed plans to boost trade, including a post-Brexit trade deal. This also is thought to be the effect of United States pressure (with the help of London) to the detriment of the European approach supported by Germany, Italy and France, who always condemned the "blocks" on the borders in Austria and Hungary to the Balkan refugee routes.

Meanwhile, the other G7 nations, Canada, France, Germany, Italy Japan and Britain, as well as the Presidents of the European Council and Commission got behind the measure.

"We are sure that after an internal reflection, the United States will also want to commit to it", Gentiloni said, according to the Associated Press.

The leaders signed a document saying more should be done by internet companies to identify and remove extremist material. Investigators are still investigating Monday's bombing at Manchester Arena, which also injured dozens, and searching for potential accomplices.

The specter of Russian Federation shadowed the meetings, though Cohn said Friday that the president was not considering easing sanctions on Russian Federation.

"As they lose ground in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters are returning, and the group's hateful ideology is spreading online", May said.

Backing out of the climate accord had been a central plank of Trump's campaign and aides have been exploring whether they can adjust the framework of the deal even if they don't opt out entirely.

European leaders made little attempt to hide their frustration, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel describing discussions on climate change at the gathering in Sicily as "very unsatisfying".

Mr. Trudeau and the other leaders are concerned that the US president might promote a protectionist agenda.

He said we have a problem. "The global approach to the problem, including a long-term one with the involvement of the countries of origin and shared responsibility, is recognised", the sources said.

"But it seems to me the direct discussions today have produced common positions that we can work on", he added. Negotiations ended at the end of former United States president Barack Obama's administration.

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

Trump's position appeared to be addressed by new language that said the member countries would be "standing firm against all unfair trade practices". White House adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president's son-in-law and daughter, have joined Tillerson in advocating staying.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the G-7 agreed to step up pressure on North Korea, including sanctions. The communique said that the reclusive state posed an increasing threat of a "grave nature" to worldwide peace and stability, while all states pledged to strengthen measures unless the North agreed to abandon its nuclear program.

Other reports by VgToday

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