Axios: Trump Tells 'Confidants' US Will Leave Paris Climate Deal

Leaks from bombing probe antagonize British officials

Leaks from bombing probe antagonize British officials

The dramatic announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily wrapped up in deadlock on the issue, with U.S. partners voicing frustration at the president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

U.S President Donald Trump has said "the Germans are bad, very bad" while meeting with European leaders in Brussels on Thursday, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel. Trump's surprise announcement, in the form of a tweet on the final day of his lengthy worldwide trip, comes after Trump declined to commit to staying in a sweeping climate deal, refusing to give into intense global pressure.

It was unclear whether those meetings would still take place.

The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter before the formal announcement.

More concisely, Alex Doukas, senior campaigner at Oil Change International, said: "even though Donald Trump threw a tantrum, the grown-ups in the room ignored him".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised what she called "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory" discussion with Trump on the issue.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis, in comments to be aired fully in a TV interview today, said Trump - famously skeptical of global warming - is now "wide open" on the issue.

That would be one reason why Trudeau is praising the outcome, but there were other leaders who avoided the tap dance and expressed frustration with the new man in the White House.

The U.S. president is due to return to Washington later on Saturday at the end of a nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe - his first foreign trip since taking office. "Lots of very important matters under discussion", Trump tweeted between events. "First on the list, of course, is terrorism".

The United States have a financial commitment in the "green fund.' I told Trump that (France's) commitment compared to our GDP is bigger than theirs and that they are not the ones who pay the most". "Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should".

His treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the United States reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to US companies and workers. We're behind North Atlantic Treaty Organisation all the way. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024. Now the president heads back to Washington, where much of his party is pushing him to do the opposite.

His May 9 firing of former FBI Director James Comey has raised concerns about whether he was trying to squelch a federal probe into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation past year.

John Kirton, director of the G7 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, said Trudeau has been handling the relationship well.

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, gave Trump a chance to square US government policy with the vitriol of his campaign on Islam and terrorism. After the summit, the president will address American troops on an Italian base before departing for home.

Trump broke from tradition in never fielding reporters' questions in a news conference during the trip, which is unlike his predecessors. Trump's promise of warmer ties with Moscow had called into question the USA commitment to sanctions.

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