Trump's views on Paris climate agreement 'evolving,' top adviser says

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 27, 2017

"We showed our united commitment and our determination to continue and to strengthen our fight against terrorism", Gentiloni said after the leaders signed a document that also expressed solidarity with Britain after the suicide bomb attack in Manchester on Monday (22 May) that killed 22. The trip took the Trumps to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and Italy.

"They were encouraging continued participation in the Paris accord", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Pope Francis, who has framed climate change as an urgent moral crisis and blamed global warming on an unfair, fossil fuel-based industrial model that harms the poor, also appeared to be sending a message to Trump during their meeting. They did not elaborate.

There were indications from the Trump administration itself that the President might be preparing to change his stance on the Paris Agreement.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to headline a fundraising "Roast and Ride" event in Iowa for Sen.

No further comment was expected from the USA leader, who was due to fly home later Saturday without giving the customary close-of-summit press conference. Canadian officials have told reporters that Trump will meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday.

European Union officials declined to confirm the reports.

"Great win in Montana", said President Trump.

Some of Trump's counterparts are prioritizing climate here, well aware that pulling the United States out of the Paris agreement has been the subject of considerable debate within Trump's administration, dividing the nationalists and globalists who battle to have the president's ear.

President Donald Trump still refuses to back the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, blocking efforts by world leaders meeting in Sicily to get the new USA leader to endorse the treaty, Italy's prime minister said today (26 May).

"There is little expectation that the American President will be willing to share a constructive approach in this regard", says Monica Frassoni co-leader of the European Green Party. Now, Trump says he will make a decision on the agreement following the G7 summit in Italy this week. His top officials have appeared divided about what to do about the 2015 deal, which was signed by almost 200 countries.

"I think he is leaning to understand the European position", Cohn said when asked which way the president was leaning. He says the final document reflects that other countries respect the USA decision to take more time before making a final decision.

United States compliance with its commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change would be "crippling" to growth, the White House said Friday.

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

Climate Interactive, a team of scientists and computer modelers who track global emissions and pledges, simulated global emissions if every country but the USA reaches their individualized goals to curb carbon pollution.

Trump has yet to act on his campaign threat to ditch the Paris accord, having said he would listen to what United States partners have to say before making a decision on how to proceed after the G7. Trump has in the past dismissed global warming as a "hoax perpetrated by the Chinese".

Spokesman Georg Streiter didn't comment directly on a report that Trump called Germany "bad, very bad" on trade because of the success of German companies in selling autos and other goods to US customers. On trade, Trump's America First mantra will nearly certainly cause friction between Canada and other G7 members who are keen to support new trade agreements.

But even that has prompted discord among participants as Trump, according to Italian sources and activists, resists the hosts' desire to issue a declaration underlining the benefits as well as pitfalls of migration. Here's what you should know ahead of the meeting.

The Republican president arrived in Italy fresh off delivering an unprecedented, personal rebuke to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, travelling to its gleaming new Brussels headquarters to lecture its leaders to their faces on the need for them to spend more on defence. "If countries like the US renege on their obligations, the G7 must move forward without them". Only five members now meet the target, but the other nations are committed to the goal by 2024.

And then there was the chat between the G-7 leaders. Today, his successor is defiant about stepping out of the G7 line. Lots of very important matters under discussion. "First on the list, of course, is terrorism".

"It is clear that those advocating for greenhouse gas regulations will use the Paris Agreement as a legal defense against your actions to rescind the Clean Power Plan if you decide to remain in the Paris Agreement".

President Donald Trump is attending the G-7 summit in Sicily - joining the leaders of six other wealthy democracies.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter before the formal announcement.

Trump has pushed back against such statements, arguing that trade must be balanced, fair and free.

The G7 meeting will wrap up on Saturday, and so will the president's first official foreign trip.

He was also spotted chatting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before the session began.

After more than a week overseas, Trump will close his global trip Saturday with additional G-7 meetings and an address to US troops at a nearby air base.

Trump is set to engage in discussions about the global economy and climate.

This is the final day of Trump's first official trip overseas.

The G-7 countries are: Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and the UK.

But others are also sounding more loudly as investigations proceed in Washington into whether Russian Federation meddled to aid Trump's election victory previous year.

As a newly appointed special counsel is beginning to investigate links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Kushner has become a focus of the probe.

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