Trump not march­ing in tune with G7

New Straits Times - - World -

TAORMINA (Italy): Un­der pres­sure from al­lies, United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump backed a pledge to fight pro­tec­tion­ism yes­ter­day, but re­fused to en­dorse a global cli­mate change ac­cord, say­ing he needed more time to de­cide.

The Group of Seven sum­mit pit­ted Trump against the lead­ers of Ger­many, France, Bri­tain, Italy, Canada and Ja­pan on sev­eral is­sues, with diplo­mats frus­trated over hav­ing to re­visit ques­tions they thought were long set­tled.

Trump, who had called global warm­ing a hoax, tweeted that he would make a de­ci­sion next week on whether to back the 2015 Paris Agree­ment on curb­ing car­bon emis­sions fol­low­ing lengthy dis­cus­sions with G7 part­ners.

“The en­tire dis­cus­sion about cli­mate was very dif­fi­cult, if not to say very dis­sat­is­fy­ing. There are no in­di­ca­tions whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agree­ment or not,” said Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel.

How­ever, there was re­lief when Trump agreed to en­dorse the fi­nal G7 com­mu­nique that pledged to fight pro­tec­tion­ism and com­mits to a rules-based in­ter­na­tional trade sys­tem. Reuters

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