Trump stonewalls G-7 consensus on Paris pact

Lauren Perry
May 28, 2017

A Canadian government official who spoke to reporters about the 30-minute conversation between Trump and Trudeau on the condition of anonymity said that while the two leaders also spoke about global security, they did not discuss intelligence-sharing.

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

So did the aerospace industry, steel and aluminum and how the economies in both countries are integrated at many different levels, Trudeau said, as he rhymed off what sounded like a greatest-hits list of Canada-U.S. trade irritants.

Mr Trump tweeted, referring to the global pact on curbing carbon emissions that he vowed to jettison when campaigning for the White House. But he never uttered the words "two-state solution", the longtime USA policy plan that would create a separate homeland for Palestinians. Trade was a big topic, with Cohn saying the United States' guiding principle will be "we will treat you the way you treat us", suggesting that retaliatory tariffs could be imposed.

"We call upon all countries of the region to play a constructive role by contributing to efforts to achieve inclusive political solutions, reconciliation and peace, which are the only way to eradicate ISIL, other terrorist groups and violent extremism in the long-term in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and beyond", the communique says.

President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.

Trump's promise of warmer ties with Moscow had called into question the US commitment to sanctions.

Trump told Macron he is under "heavy" pressure back in the US on the climate accord brokered by the Obama administration in 2015.

Other G-7 nations leaned heavily on Trump to stay in the deal, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying "we put forward very many arguments".

Another US foreign policy expert, Derek Chollet, says it was no coincidence that the mood of the trip "changed dramatically when Trump left the controlled confines of the Middle East". The President teased his decision about the hotly debated topic in a tweet early Saturday morning Eastern time during the final leg of his first presidential trip overseas.

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The G7 leaders have agreed to keep fighting protectionism, a win for the six countries that had been pushing Trump to come around to their view of free trade. Leaders of the G7 group of nations, which includes the Unted States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy, as well as the European Union, are meeting at Taormina from May 26-27.

At Nato headquarters, he complained that many Nato member states were not spending enough on defence, expecting the U.S. to bear the burden.

Almost every nation that signed the 2015 agreement has agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Unlike numerous leaders, he does not plan a news conference, meaning he'll end his trip without a formal question-and-answer session with journalists that could have included queries about the investigation back home into contacts between Russian Federation and his election campaign.

The nine-day trip - Trump's first as president - took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Belgium, along with a pair of stops in Italy.

When Trump returns to Washington, he will have to confront the latest developments in the federal investigation into members of his campaign's potential collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election.

Trump tweeted Saturday, "Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should".

A stand-off is underway between Italian riot police and the protesters on Saturday evening in Giardini Naxos, a seaside town down the hill from Taormina, where leaders of seven large industrialized democracies had gathered for a two-day summit.

Details of exactly how this "outside in" approach would work are TBD but if it succeeds it would be a real foreign policy triumph for Trump.

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