Trump not marching in tune with G7
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