G7 of­fen­sive un­der way

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, feted in the Mid­dle East, has faced a cool re­cep­tion in Europe and been ea­ger to go on the of­fen­sive.

Ca­joled on is­sues like cli­mate change and NATO’s de­fence pact, he has re­sponded by scold­ing some of the United States’ most loyal al­lies for not pay­ing their fair share.

He has also re­fused to ex­plic­itly back the mu­tual de­fence agree­ment that has been ac­ti­vated only once, in Septem­ber 2001.

How­ever, Mr Trump hailed the trip a suc­cess as he ar­rived to the G-7 sum­mit in Si­cily, the fi­nal stop on a gru­elling nine­day, five-stop marathon of a maiden in­ter­na­tional trip.

“Get­ting ready to en­gage G7 lead­ers on many is­sues in­clud­ing eco­nomic growth, ter­ror­ism, and se­cu­rity,” Mr Trump wrote on Twit­ter. “Trip has been very suc­cess­ful.

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