Friday, 17 August, 2018

Trump Refuses to Commit to Paris Climate Agreement, Vows Decision "Next Week"

Trump Refuses to Commit to Paris Climate Agreement, Vows Decision Trump Refuses to Commit to Paris Climate Agreement, Vows Decision "Next Week"
Frank Williams | 28 May, 2017, 15:36

At last year's summit in Japan, it issued a lengthy communique in support of resisting protectionism, as well as helping refugees and fighting climate change.

And now Trump is at the final stop of his maiden global trip, a grueling nine-day, five-stop marathon.

Diplomats spent days trying to hammer out language for the G-7 joint statement.

"Understanding this process, the Heads of State and of Government of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom and the Presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement, as previously stated at the Ise-Shima Summit", the communique said.

Under pressure from allies, President Donald Trump backed a pledge to fight protectionism at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit yesterday, but frustrated USA allies with his refusal to commit to a deal aimed at stemming global warming. "Most importantly unity needs to be maintained when it comes to defending rule-based worldwide order".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Though the president has yet to make a final decision, his chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, indicated Friday that the president was growing more attuned to the European stance on the issue.

One of those relationships was on display as Trump began the day with a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

But Gentolini and other world leaders were not just waiting for internal reflection and added some external pressure, too.

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Cohn told reporters: "They understand where we are, we understand where they are and it's most important that we continue to work together". "It will be solved, you can bet on that", Trump said. "We are sure that after an internal reflection, the United States will also want to commit to it".

The day will feature a welcoming ceremony and concert at the remains of an ancient Greek temple, as well as a relentless number of meetings, many of which White House aides are hoping to keep short in order to keep Trump's attention.

But there was no chance for journalists to question Trump, who broke with G7 protocol by not holding a news conference.

Gentiloni said climate was "not a minor point" and that he hoped the United States would decide "soon and well" because the Paris accords "need the contribution of the United States".

He said that 23 of the 28 member nations were "still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense".

Cohn was referring to whether Trump will execute his threat to walk away from the Paris accord on combatting climate change. "Horrible. We will stop that", Trump said at the meeting, according to Der Spiegel.

"The whole discussion about climate has been hard, or rather very unsatisfactory", Merkel told reporters after the summit.

In a speech this week at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, Mr. Trump said he was "honored" to address an alliance that has "promoted safety and peace across the globe".

The United States is the world's biggest carbon emitter after China.

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