G7 seeks crackdown on online extremist content

Elias Hubbard
May 27, 2017

Fellow G-7 leaders are trying to convince him to stay in.

His pending review of US climate policies and decision not to make up his mind before Taormina has braced environmentalists for the possibility of bland language that says little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and emissions of in greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement.

Kushner and his wife, Trump's daughter Ivanka, have returned to Washington after accompanying the president for the first part of his first foreign tour. As a candidate, he promised to cancel it and called it one-sided, another bad deal agreed to by President Obama.

There was, however, a long way to go before the leaders could arrive at a happy consensus on other issues.

The G-7, going back more than a decade, has repeatedly recognized the threat of climate change, but USA officials may be pushing to weaken language in the Taormina communique.

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.

Transatlantic tensions on trade resurfaced after reports that Trump had described the Germans as "bad, very bad" and vowed to stop them selling millions of cars in the United States, during a meeting with senior European Union officials in Brussels on Thursday.

KEITH: For these leaders, it's a critical moment.

Trump's attempts to impose a U.S.travel ban on some Muslim countries contrast with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's position that immigration is a source of strong, sustainable inclusive growth.

GARY COHN: He learned how important it is for the United States to show leadership.

Macron met May just before the summit and promised France would do "everything we can" to help Britain in the fight against terrorism, the two leaders putting the vexed issue of Britain's pending departure from the European Union to one side. "We're a trading nation and we're always going to stand up for that".

He said Trump allowed the other leaders to speak before voicing his own opinions of the subject.

USA officials had signaled beforehand that Trump, who dismissed climate change as a "hoax" during his campaign, would not take a decision on the climate deal in Taormina, the cliff-top town overlooking the Mediterranean where G7 leaders met.

But on the issue of climate, there was no breakthrough.

"He came here to learn".

But Gentolini and other world leaders weren't just waiting for internal reflection.

KEITH: National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster then chimed in.

"His views are evolving" on the Paris climate agreement, Cohn said. "His basis for decision ultimately will be what's best for the United States".

It's the final day of the president's nine-day trip.

The Italian leader says the talks won't be easy but "the spirit of Taormina will help push us in the right direction".

Mr Trump was elected last November after a campaign in which he rejected numerous tenets that the G-7 has stood for, including free trade, multilateralism and liberal democratic values.

Mrs May is expected to urge world leaders to do more to combat online extremism, saying the fight against so-called Islamic State is "moving from the battlefield to the internet".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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