G-7 leaders give U.S. more time on climate deal

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Numerous protesters carried flags or wore bandanas over their faces with the hammer and sickle symbol, a communist symbol.

U.S. President Donald Trump will face pressure at his first summit of major industrialized nations on Friday from allies eager to promote free trade and safeguard global accords on climate change. The president said recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, England and Egypt underscored the need for the U.S.to "defeat terrorism and protect civilization".

Trump, who ran for president vowing to rip up the agreement, listened carefully to his new counterparts and is "evolving" on the issue, according to a top aide.

The backing of the Paris Agreement goals from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Britain is not a surprise.

It's not the first time the two have spoken. Macron won the French presidency on May 7.

Abe adds, "there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease".

"I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week", the president said in a Twitter post Saturday.

Gentiloni says: "Discussing is always useful".

Trump was late for the photo, but joined the other world leaders during the walk down from the piazza.

US President Donald Trump gestures, while flanked by Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi (L) and Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou (R) at the G7 Summit expanded session yesterday in Taormina, Sicily.

It turns out a year is a long time in G-7 summitry.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr. Trump was unmoved by arguments in favour of the Paris deal.

"President Trump should now return to Washington and make the right decision, take climate change seriously and take action with the rest of the world", said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International.

"There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but not a sharp open split like this", he said.

The careful wording, familiar to anyone who has tried to get Trudeau to speak frankly about anything to do with Trump, belies how reliant Canada is on a good relationship with the U.S.

"Hundreds of USA states, cities, and companies are also moving forward on climate action, as they recognize the tremendous economic development and job creation potential offered by rapid deployment of clean energy technologies".

The G-7 leaders also cut a compromise deal to acknowledge Trump's stance on trade.

On trade it took until 3 a.m. for negotiators to agree on a form of language that would allow each side to walk away believing the text reflected their view of what "fair" trade is, keeping a reference to fighting protectionism.

However, the USA has refused to recommit to the agreement, saying it will make a decision next week.

"I was here in Sicily to attend very important summit meetings - the meeting of the G7".

Meanwhile, Democrats are urging Trump not to withdraw from the agreement. Merkel said the leaders agreed to "act against protectionism".

REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstU.S. President Donald Trump has expressed satisfaction at the results of his first overseas trip, the U.S. Department of State, has said.

It's unclear if the pope pressed Trump specifically on the Paris accord in their private meeting.

"The one thing that won't change, though, is that he will make his decision based on what he thinks is best for the American people", McMaster said.

Trump once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax.

That idea was shot down ahead of the meeting.

The town of Taormina was in total lockdown for the summit, but the demonstration was allowed in Giardini Naxos, the major seaside location down the hill where Taormina is located.

As the leaders of seven wealthy democracies gathered for hard talks on trade and climate change, Germany's Der Spiegel reported that Trump had told European Union leaders the day before that the Germans were "bad, very bad" when it came to trade.

The Group of Seven leading economies, in an extraordinary summit statement, acknowledged that six members were committed to upholding the 2015 accord while the United States stood apart.

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