Trump says he'll decide on Paris climate agreement next week

Posted May 29, 2017

Whether because he was exhausted or trying to underscore the distance between himself and other world leaders, President Donald Trump chose to use a golf cart rather than walk with the rest of the G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, on the final day of his worldwide tour.

Trump, who for months has delayed a decision on the climate agreement, made his announcement at the conclusion of the Group of Seven summit in the resort town of Taormina, Italy. Macron said he told Trump it is "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and the interest of the Americans themselves that the United States remain committed" to the Paris climate agreement.

Earlier this week, Cohn said the president's views on climate were "evolving" after meeting with other world leaders, but Cohn didn't clarify what he meant by that. "Here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the European Union, stand against one".

The G-7 statement recognised the human rights of migrants and refugees.

Mattis said that as defense secretary, such negotiations were "not inside my portfolio", but added: "Obviously we deal with the aspects of a warming climate in the Department of Defense, and to us, that's just another one of the many factors we deal with which we call the physical environment".

Yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that G7 leaders had a "controversial" debate on climate change, with Mr Trump being urged by everyone at the table to back the Paris Accords. Now the president heads back to Washington, where much of his party is pushing him to do the opposite. "We are determined to coordinate our efforts in promoting the rules-based worldwide order and global sustainable development", the G7 leaders stated. Members of his administration, meanwhile, are deadlocked on the issue.

The Washington Times said Mr Trump "neared the end of his first foreign trip Thursday by largely fulfilling a transformative agenda that was more ambitious than anything Mr Obama tried overseas during his first year in office". The U.S. hasn't decided yet.

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn predicted "robust" discussions on trade and climate.

"President Trump's continued waffling on whether to stay in or withdraw from the Paris Agreement made it impossible to reach consensus at the Taormina summit on the need for ambitious climate action".

"I think he's leaning to understand the European position", Cohn said. "That was a big topic where numerous European leaders talked about these global agreements ... without the United States it's sort of missing a big gap when you take the biggest economy out". "All others have confirmed their total agreement on the accord".