Trump still not backing Paris climate agreement - Italy's PM

Before the conversation between Trump and the other G-7 leaders, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni noted that all the other countries had confirmed "total agreement" to the pact, while the USA commitment was an "open question".

Once more, he will likely be received warily, a president who ran on a campaign of "America First" with suggestions of disentangling the United States from worldwide pacts, now engaged in two days of pomp and policy with the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada. 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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the group's discussions with Mr. Trump Friday on the climate-change deal were "controversial" and "very intensive". Cohn told reporters that Trump was struck by "how important it is for the United States to show leadership" and how even in massive global agreements, there's "a big gap when you take the biggest economy out". "And he wants to clearly hear what the European leaders have to say", said Mr Cohn, director of the National Economic Council. He came here to get smart.

Despite that, and despite repeated criticism that Mr Trump has turned his back on science, the U.S. insisted that the President had gone to listen and learn to the other world leaders.

He ran his 2016 campaign on a platform of job creation in rural areas of the USA and European Union leaders may be discussing how they have "decoupled" economic growth, job creation, and carbon emissions, said Mr Meyer. A dominant wing of the GOP has denied climate change exists, as some Democrats have tried to reduce air pollution and push for alternative forms of energy.

On the other hand, the United States will face pressure to flip on Trump's insistence that we do nothing.

Before he embarked on this trip, Trump had repeatedly postponed meetings with senior aides about whether the USA should remain in the 2015 Paris climate change pact.

Senior officials are preparing to work overtime in a bid to bridge what appear to be irreconcilable differences over Trump's declared intention of ditching the U.S. commitment to the landmark Paris accord on curbing carbon emissions.

"Again, while we do not believe this argument has any merit, it is nevertheless an unnecessary risk of remaining in the Paris Agreement", Morrisey and his colleagues wrote.

A senior French official said Macron and Trump spoke at length about the Paris agreement — at Macron's behest — when they met for lunch Thursday. On the other, a G7 that reaffirms Paris goals would demonstrate that the rest of the world won't be dragged down by America's new president.

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But she said the United States must remain committed to the deal, which aims to limit global warming by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Sicily ahead of the Group of Seven summit following his controversial statements at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron before a concert by the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the Ancient Greek. To remain in the deal, the USA must cut its emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

On climate change, Trump's position and how, if at all, he has evolved won't truly be known until he acts on the Paris climate accord.

Practically all of Mr Trump's first foreign trip has been spent of discussing the United States stance on climate change.

Cohn admitted Europeans had made more progress in curbing emissions, and if the USA catches up too quickly, it will hurt the American economy.

But in Europe, Trump has faced a far cooler reception and has been eager to go on the offensive.

In a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump warned anew about the threat posed by North Korea.

If Trump manages to avoid taking a stance at the G7 meeting this weekend, his team will most likely try to settle the issue ahead of the G20 meeting in July.

The White House is split on the issue, but close advisors Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Gary Kohn favor staying in the Paris Agreement.


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