US President Donald Trump to decide on Paris accord next week

Lauren Perry
May 28, 2017

President Trump, coming off a G7 summit and meeting at the Vatican where he was pushed for the stay in the Paris climate agreement, tweeted Saturday that he will make a decision next week.

President Emmanuel Macron of France said he had told Trump that it was "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and for the Americans themselves that the Americans remain committed" to the climate agreement.

Seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal at their annual summit to give the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

On one side were leaders of Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, plus two European Union representatives and on the other side stood US President Donald Trump. His trip was closely watched by political observers looking for clues on future United States relations with the wider world.

Before that, he visited Pope Francis in Rome and toured the Middle East - first Saudi Arabia, then Israel and the Palestinian territories.

British environmentalists accused Donald Trump of treating the worldwide community with "utter contempt" after he refused to sign up to global action on climate change at an worldwide summit.

"Europe, Canada and Japan stood up today and made a stand, revealing again how far Trump is out of step with the rest of the world on climate change", Greenpeace worldwide executive director Jennifer Morgan said in Sicily.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying".

"The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory", she told reporters, labelling the G7 deadlock as "six against one".

"In this context, we all agree on the importance of supporting developing countries".

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He also predicted "fairly robust" talks on whether Trump should honor a US commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement. "His views are evolving which exactly as they should be", Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn said on Friday.

The US is the world's biggest carbon emitter after China.

Mr. Trump has always been a critic of climate change. An informal G6 (Canada, Japan, the UK, France, Germany, Italy) faces an informal G1 - the US.

"We are sure that after an internal reflection, the United States will also want to commit to it", Gentiloni was quoted as saying by AP.

James Comey, the former FBI director who led the Russian probe until Trump abruptly fired him, is still expected to testify before Congress about memos he kept on conversations with the president that involved the investigation.

The leaders' last summit in Japan past year stressed the need to avoid protectionism.

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee, reporting from Taormina, said the that picture which had emerged from the summit was largely of one against six; particuarly as the other countries tried to explain their belief in the importance of the Paris accords.

"This is the first real opportunity that the worldwide community has to force the American administration to begin to show its hand, particularly on environment policy", said Tristen Naylor, a lecturer on development at the University of Oxford and deputy director of the G20 Research Group. "Lots of very important matters under discussion", Trump tweeted between events.

Conservative daily The Washington Times said Mr Trump "neared the end of his first foreign trip Thursday by largely fulfilling a transformative agenda that was more ambitious than anything Mr Obama tried overseas during his first year in office".

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