G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Stalls on Climate Accord

G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Stalls on Climate Accord

But according to a media report by USA website Axios, Mr Trump has told “confidants”, including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark global agreement on climate change.

The agreement, which former President Barack Obama affirmed previous year, was adopted in December 2015 at a United Nations climate change convention and went into effect last November.

European reaction – especially in the key capitals of Berlin and Paris – to the Trump visit is very different from the White House’s characterization; and “success” isn’t a word being used.

“The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory”, Merkel said as the summit of the leaders of the world’s most economically advanced nations was drawing to a close.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump returned to the USA after a 9-day trip Saturday evening.

Despite the Trump administration’s talk of an “America first” policy and ongoing criticism of Germany for its massive trade surplus, the G-7 leaders in Sicily did vow to fight protectionism, reiterating “a commitment to keep our markets open”.

Aside from the Russian Federation investigation, the president still has to make an official decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement all the while defend his budget plan and hope his health care bill garners support in the Senate.

The clashes dominated conversations in and around the summit after the first day wrapped up Friday, with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all singling out, with varying degrees of intensity, the USA for getting in the way.

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Director John Schellnhuber believes that a USA exit would not have a great impact on the decision of other countries.

His whirlwind foreign trip over, President Donald Trump is facing old and new political and policy challenges at home.

Before departing Italy for the U.S., White House officials refused to address the reports about Kushner.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday, “We had a productive discussion today about the importance of global action against climate change, to safeguard the prosperity and security of future generations”. But they did not dismiss the idea that the administration would go outside normal US government and diplomatic channels for communications with other countries.

President Trump himself acknowledged the delay in US cooperation with a tweet.

Trump is set to engage in discussions about the global economy and climate.

After persuading voters that America isn’t great anymore, Trump apparently intends to make sure of it - by having this country lead the effort to kill humanity’s last, best hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change.