Climate change? Let me think about it, Trump tells G7
- Author: Sidney Guerrero May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 4:17
Trump's position appeared to be addressed by new language that said the member countries would be "standing firm against all unfair trade practices".
World leaders had hoped to put out a statement of consensus on the Paris Agreement which is created to cut global carbon emissions but Mr Trump took to social media to say he would make up his mind next week. 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. Along with the dealmaking in Saudi, the first half of the tour was dominated by talk about security and terrorism, both favorite Trump topics.
"At the G20 in July, Germany, China and many others will undoubtedly again affirm their commitment to global climate action and the Paris Agreement". At the Vatican, Trump grinned alongside his black-clad wife and daughter while Pope Francis glowered.
Mr. Trudeau said Canada was "proud" to host the G7 summit in the handsome Charlevoix region.
European Union nations are eager for a clear USA pledge "to fight all forms of protectionism", said the diplomat, who declined to be named. "Nor would I have my positions determined by anyone outside Canada", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a press conference where he announced Canada will host next year's G7 meeting at the Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec.
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Trump, who ran for president vowing to rip up the agreement, listened carefully to his new counterparts and is "evolving" on the issue, according to a top aide.
The exit of the United States, the world's largest economy and second-largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, would not immediately dissolve the climate pact, which was legally ratified past year.
Many suspect President Trump-who previously called global warming a hoax, is trying to use the climate change issue as leverage in other debates but his decision left a sour taste with leaders and diplomats who are having to revisit an issue they hoped they had sorted. "We are determined to coordinate our efforts in promoting the rules-based worldwide order and global sustainable development", the G7 leaders stated. The White House team also asked the French president to be "precise" in his conversation with Trump, the French official said.
While the G7 allies weren't able to nail down Trump's stance on the Paris climate accord, they did get some more clarity on the administration's position concerning sanctions against Russian Federation. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted Trump as saying.
It is not clear whether Trump will commit to the deal, with Axios news reporting the president is keen to leave the pact, citing three sources close to the president with knowledge of the matter.