US withholding its endorsement of climate pact

Olive Rios
May 28, 2017

During a working lunch in Brussels ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, President Trump made it clear to Macron he would not announce a decision on the Paris climate agreement prior to the G7, this official told CNN.

Leaders of seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration more time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

"There's always opportunities to do more on trade, always opportunities to improve on trade deals", Trudeau said.

Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs noted the White House's displeasure with the "false reporting". During the conversation, which was described as friendly, Trump denied that he had ever supported Marine Le Pen despite the fact that he had tweeted supportive comments of the National Front leader.

The gathering of leaders from the wealthiest democracies in the world ended without a unanimous agreement on climate change, as the US said it wanted to take more time to decide whether to stay on with the Paris accord - or back out, as Trump had promised to do on the campaign trail.

"The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics", the statement said in highly-unusual language.

Trump boarded Air Force One without having held a single news conference on the trip - a break in presidential precedent that allowed him to avoid facing tough questions about his foreign policy or the raging controversies involving the investigations into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation. His Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the United States reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to USA companies and workers.

"On the campaign trail, Trump said he would "cancel" the Paris deal".

"Make no mistake: acting on climate change is in America's self-interest".

There's just one problem: Trump was listening to the speech through an earpiece in his right ear, according to press secretary Sean Spicer. Trump may be willing to stay in the agreement, Cohn said, if the USA can scale back commitments made by President Barack Obama.

Speaking at the end of the G7 summit, Macron also said he would discuss the Syrian crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their planned talks in Versailles outside Paris on Monday. "He came here to learn, he came here to get smarter".

Trump says trade needs to be balanced and fair, as well as free in order to benefit American workers and companies. His Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the United States reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to US companies and workers. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the USA about setting up secret communications with Moscow.

"We believe climate change is one of the greatest threats facing Canadians and the world and it is a threat which is a global threat and which needs global solutions", Ms. Freeland told reporters. No, he didn't repeat his description of the Belgian capital as a "hellhole", but the contrast between Trump's warm embrace of Saudi autocrats and his awkward interaction with the democratically elected European leaders was hard to miss.

"On the major theme of global trade, we are still working on the shape of the final communiqué, but it seems to me the direct discussions today have produced common positions that we can work on", the Italian Prime Minister said.

Italy is keen to encourage the world's wealthiest nations to support African countries in developing their economies, so fewer young people will feel forced to make the risky journey to Europe.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the discussions were "intense" and the other nations sided with the pledge.

However many summit participants disputed that had been the case, noting that the USA team appears still to be a prisoner of the dynamics of last year's election campaign.

In his closing news conference, Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni was unable to hide his disappointment with the lack of agreement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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