Trump to decide on Paris accord next week

President Donald Trump, who once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax, said in a tweet Saturday that he would make his "final decision" this coming week on whether the United States stays in or leaves the 2015 Paris climate change accord in which almost every nation agreed to curb its greenhouse gas emissions.

Cohn also said "His basis for decision ultimately is going to be what's best for the United States,". The other six members reaffirmed their commitment to swiftly implement the 2015 accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Despite the discord, Trump concluded his first overseas trip on a typically bullish note, telling United States service families at the Sigonella base in Sicily he had "hit a home run" shortly before taking off to fly back home.

The delay from the U.S.is being seen as an area for concern for advocates of worldwide action to confront climate change.

The protests are expected to be peaceful, but the shop owners say they are mindful of violence that has taken place during past G-7 meetings.

Meyer said many USA states, cities, and companies are moving forward on climate action while the Trump administration is "waffling" on the Paris Agreement. "And we paved the way for a new era of cooperation among the nations of the world to defeat the common enemy of terrorism".

Leaders of seven wealthy democracies, at a summit in Sicily, urged Trump to commit his administration to the agreement, but said in their closing statement that the United States, for now, "is not in a position to join the consensus".

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", Merkel said, according to Reuters.

Merkel called the conversation "controversial" while Cohn said it was "robust".

Trump, who has called climate change a hoax and has already taken actions to roll back environmental protections during his short time in office, tweeted this morning that he's still not sure about the Paris deal.

"His views are evolving, he came here to learn", Cohn said. His top economic and national security advisers refused to answer questions about Kushner during a press briefing Saturday.

Sunni Saudi Arabia, McMaster said in a comment that may roil the Shiite minority that comprises about 15 percent of Muslims, as well as other Sunni Muslim allies, is "America's strongest partner in the Muslim world and arguably. the strongest Muslim voice". He put the total at "close to half a trillion" dollars, although the administration initially set it at $380 billion and did not provide details of the agreements.


Trump was cajoled for three days - first in Brussels at meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union, then in Sicily for G-7 - but will leave Italy without making clear where he stands. Earlier this year, the United States had blocked traditional language in the G20 declaration about fighting "all forms" of protectionism. "It's a matter of fact that the United States and the president stand firmly behind our Article 5 commitment", McMaster said.

Trump's campaign team says the rally planned for Thursday has been postponed "due to an unforeseen change" in the president's schedule.

Trump made the surprise announcement in a tweet after resisting pressure from European leaders to stay in the agreement. "What you're asking me to do is tell you what's inside the president's mind".

The G-7 members were still wrestling over a statement on trade and whether it would condemn protectionism, as previous group statements have.

Mr Trump skipped the traditional end-of-trip news conference to avoid facing questions about a host of problems he faces upon his return to Washington later on Saturday. US presidents traditionally hold news conferences when they travel overseas.

Reflecting upon the G7 summit over the last two days, the president said it was "productive".

The G7 is an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship.

But the leaders hoped that the summit would focus more on Europe's migration crisis and the problems of neighbouring Africa.

As he dashed through the Middle East and Europe, Donald Trump looked like a conventional American leader overseas.

The leaders had all left before the protest began.

Italian police have used tear gas against anarchists, communists and other anti-global protesters after the Group of Seven summit in Sicily.


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