Donald Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal

Candice Alexander
May 28, 2017

Despite Trump being indecisive, The White House has said that President Trump's mind had changed after listening to other world leaders.

President Donald Trump says he'll make a final decision on whether the US will stay in the Paris climate agreement next week.

But on the issue of climate change, the six-page final communique from the G7 summit in Sicily says that only six of the leaders, plus European Union leaders, agreed to stand by their commitment to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.

During his campaign preceding the 2016 election, Trump summed up his stance on combating emissions by telling a SC crowd, "I want to use hair spray".

A Canadian government official, who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity, said the Liberal government believes that Trump, who once dismissed global warming as a Chinese hoax, is evolving in his views on climate change.

Merkel left the summit telling reporters that the climate talks in particular were "very unsatisfactory".

Members of his administration are deadlocked about whether the U.S. should uphold the agreement Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is among those advocating for the U.S.to stay with the deal, said this past week that Trump wouldn't decide on the issue until he returns to the U.S. The delay provided opportunity for G-7 leaders and Pope Francis to press Trump to honor the U.S.'s environmental commitments.

Trump, whose Marine One helicopter landed from Taormina to the soaring soundtrack of the "Air Force One" movie, emerged from two days of closed door summitry to declare his trip a success.

"We are having to talk about things settled years ago", said a top level member of one G7 delegation, frustrated by the USA position.

He said that while he would not speculate on Mr Trump's decision, he did believe the President was a pragmatist and he had hope the United States will stay in the Paris climate accord.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Saturday.

However, in the official dispatch from the G7, which all countries typically sign onto, the United States of America did not join the climate section of the communique. "The G6 - the G7 minus Trump - fully recommitted to the Paris Agreement". Macron said he told Trump it is "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and the interest of the Americans themselves that the United States remain committed" to the Paris climate agreement.

They kept the ban on protectionism from previous G-7 statements, but included a statement Saturday that they will "stand firm against all unfair trade practices".

U.S. President Trump has pushed back against earlier such statements and has argued trade must be balanced and fair as well as free. Above, the president arrives at the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, on May 26. "If they can't come together on something as devastating as this, then what are they here for?" said Chris Derksen Hiebert, director of policy for World Vision International.

Shortly before the communique came out, Trump issued a tweet saying he would make his "final decision" on the Paris Agreement next week.

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.

At the summit's end, Mr Trump gave no closing press conference, presumably to avoid questions on his son-in-law Jared Kushner's reported plans to set up a secret communications channel with Russian Federation, reported The Guardian.

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