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Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

29 May 2017, 04:20 | Cynthia Sparks

With the United States refusing to commit to the Paris Agreement, Group of Seven (G7) leaders on Saturday admitted that they could not make a joint statement on climate change.

Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters at the G-7 summit Friday that the president was growing more attuned to the European stance on climate change.

The summit kicked off with a ceremony at an ancient Greek theater perched on a cliff overlooking the sea where war ships patrolled the sparkling blue waters. Mr Trump tweeted, referring to the global pact on curbing carbon emissions that he vowed to jettison when campaigning for the White House.

"Donald Trump should have learned this week that breaking our commitments under the Paris Agreement would be an unmitigated disaster for the United States", Sierra Club Global Climate Policy Director John Coequyt said in a statement.

Ambassador Sergei Kislak told his superiors in Moscow that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, the Washington Post said, citing officials briefed on intelligence reports.

"The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory", she told reporters, labelling the G-7 deadlock as "six against one".

President Donald Trump looks at First lady Melania as he prepares to address USA military troops and their families at the Sigonella Naval Air Station, in Sigonella, Italy, Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in an interview to air on CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, said President Trump is "wide open" and that he's taking in the "pros and cons" of the deal.


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.

"Big G7 meetings today".

Tension began to mount when some of the protestors reportedly tried to deviate from the approved path, and Italian police reacted by deploying tear gas at them.

Privately, some USA officials called the jaunt "completely useless".

Others signaled hope that the United States would remain in the accord. The goal is to keep the rise in global temperatures no higher than 2 degrees Celsius, as compared with pre-industrial levels.

At last year's summit in Japan, leaders issued a lengthy communique in support of resisting protectionism, as well as helping refugees and fighting climate change.

President Trump's pressuring of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states to pay their fair share for a common defense is "consistent" with the message delivered by past administrations, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told "Face the Nation" in an interview on Saturday.

The agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.



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