Angela Merkel Suggests Germany Can't Count on the US Under Trump

Olive Rios
May 29, 2017

As neutral as that sounds, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Saturday that the conversation with the United States of America on climate change left much to be desired.

President Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support the Paris climate deal next week.

However, Merkel added: "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the conclusion of a G7 summit in Sicily on Saturday that a debate between leaders over climate had been "very unsatisfying", noting the United States had been totally isolated in its refusal to commit to the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Trump left the summit without agreeing to endorse the Paris Climate Agreement to cut global carbon emissions, but confirmed his administration would review the policies on the issue and make a final decision, possibly next week.

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) most industrialized countries ended a major summit here on Saturday, with a common position on terrorism, and an improved understanding on free trade, but no real progress on climate.

"President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution, rather than trying to shore up the flagging fortunes of the polluting coal and oil industries", Meyer said.

Disappointment over the Paris Agreement was countered by relief when Trump agreed on Saturday to language in the final G7 communique that pledged "to fight all forms of protectionism" and committed to a rules-based worldwide trade system. Anxious about Trump's tendency to make things worse for himself with unscripted remarks, the White House staff has kept the president a safe distance from journalists for most of the trip.

Mr. Trump's advisers are split on wither the United States should stay in the agreement. White House officials had said before Trump's inaugural overseas trip that he meant to wait until he returned to Washington to make a final decision.

Associated Press reporter Ken Thomas breaks down President Trump's message to world leaders at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

President Trump has had, according to the White House, a successful maiden trip outside the U.S. But the bad news is he has to come home. Earlier this week he called Germany "very bad" on trade because of its USA surplus.

"There is one open question, which is the USA position on the Paris climate accords".

The next G7 summit will be held in Canada.

The unexpected announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily ended up in deadlock on the issue, with USA partners voicing frustration at the president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

"The U.S.is now paying much more than any other nation and that is not fair to the United States or the United States taxpayer".

But after the pomp of presidential travel overseas, Trump will return to Washington to find the same problems that have dogged him.

European Council President Donald Tusk said terrorism was one of the main topics between EU officials and Trump during his visit to Brussels, especially in the wake of the Manchester pop concert bombing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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