Trump accused of ‘utter contempt’ over refusal to sign climate change agreement

Jul 25, 2017

Under pressure from other G7 states – the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan – Mr Trump put his name to commitments to avoid trade protectionism and preserve a rules-based trade system.

A tough debate is expected on issues like trade and climate change, already raised in Brussels at talks between Mr Trump and European Union leaders on Thursday.

Trump has delayed his final decision on the Paris Accord as he wants more time to decide whether the United States should pull out of the 195-nation agreement.

“We commit to adopting appropriate policies so that all firms and citizens can make the most of opportunities offered by the global economy”, says the six-page final communique from the G7 summit in Sicily. Six countries reaffirmed their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, but the United States did not join this consensus and is still reviewing its policies on climate change.

If the USA pulls out of the Paris deal, it would become the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions not included in the agreement, according to EPA data.

The US is the world’s biggest carbon emitter after China.

Trump’s reluctance appeared to provoke mixed reactions from G7 leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel who described the summit’s climate talks as “unsatisfactory”.

Trump also tweeted before leaving Europe that he would made a decision on whether to stay in the Paris accord “next week”. The G7 statement said that North Korea poses an increasing threat of a “grave nature” to worldwide peace and security.

“Be it Niger, a transit nation, or the countries of origin, it is only through development that we will prevent illegal migration”, Issoufou said.

Trump also asked to exchange cell phone numbers with Macron.

Trump may be willing to stay in the agreement, Cohn said, if the USA can scale back commitments made by President Barack Obama.

Climate change promises to be the most problematic issue for this summit after Trump’s decision to review USA policies related to the Paris Agreement on fighting global warming.

Trudeau confirmed that Canada would host the event at a press conference Saturday, closing the current G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.

His treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the USA reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to United States companies and workers.

Trump’s brief separation from the foreign leaders ahead of the photo op comes shortly after he refused to take part in a pledge supporting the Paris climate deal.

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