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

President Donald Trump right arrives to a G7 session with outreach countries in Taormina Italy on Saturday. Climate and trade were sticking points at the two-day summit in Taormina Sicily

Trump said on Twitter earlier Saturday that he would make a decision on the Paris agreement next week. And as a large country with significant carbon emissions, America's failure to commit to the pact would have an impact on the overall success of the deal.

Axios said the decision, if true, would unravel predecessor Barack Obama's climate policies and send a "combative signal" to the rest of the world that global warming isn't one of Trump's priorities. "The United States is evaluating its policy with regard to the climate, so the six other G7 countries will reaffirm their commitment (to the Paris accord) while taking note" of the USA position, a senior official told reporters.

Trump has told several people that he plans to leave the agreement, according to a new report.

Gary D. Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, insisted that the other countries understood Trump's refusal to make a decision on the accord, even if they did not support it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters Saturday, "The whole discussion about climate has been hard".

Summing up the tour on Saturday, Trump's advisers seemed most enthused about the Saudi leg, where he clinched a $110 billion arms deal and forged what one aide described as a "personal bond" with the king.

Mr Trump was cajoled for three days - first in Brussels at meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union and then in Sicily - but will leave Italy without making clear where he stands.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the Tuesday meeting between the president and Scott Pruitt and said Paris was on the agenda.

Following the Group of Seven (G7) summit yesterday in Sicily, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today that Europeans can no longer rely on the United States.

At the same time, after two days of deliberations, the G7 leaders released a surprisingly compact set of accords, fruit of "more authentic" discussions with the presence of the new U.S. President, Gentiloni said.

The U.S. and French presidents had a warm conversation, the official added, noting Trump appeared to compare himself to Macron by complimenting him on both his business background and for mounting an underdog campaign to become the president.

Trump told Macron he is under "heavy" pressure back in the US on the climate accord brokered by the Obama administration in 2015. "His basis for decision ultimately is going to be what's best for the United States".

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