Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal -Axios

The tensions took place when anarchists, communists and other anti-global protesters held a demonstration after the Group of Seven summit in Taormina, Sicily.

The final G-7 statement, issued after two days of talks in the seaside town of Taormina, said the U.S.

Italian police have used tear gas against anarchists, communists and other anti-global protesters after the Group of Seven summit in Sicily.

The leaders had all left before the protest began.

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

Cohn told reporters the president's views on the Paris climate agreement are "evolving".

Shuvaloy Majumdar, a Munk senior fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute, said it would be "flattering" for Trudeau to be seen as someone who can act as a facilitator between Trump and the rest of the world.

Pulling out of the Paris climate deal would unravel Obama-era climate change policies, and possibly the agreement itself.

"The threat has entered a new stage (as North Korea tests missiles and nuclear weapons). there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease", Abe said.

Abe adds, "there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease". His trip was closely watched by political observers looking for clues on future United States relations with the wider world.The nine-day trip - Trump's first as president - took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Belgium, along with a pair of stops in Italy."Therefore we didn't beat about the bush but rather made it very clear that we six of the G7 member states plus the European Union continue to support the targets"."The single greatest strength to our armed forces is you, you, all of you", Trump said to the troops. He's not made a final decision on Paris. "He came here to get smart".

Should Trump leave the pact, the USA would be the first country to exit, which would also be the second time that America has signed onto a global climate deal under a Democratic president only to walk away from the same agreement under a Republican predecessor, as President George W. Bush ultimately reneged on the Kyoto Protocol agreed to by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

Gentiloni says: "Discussing is always useful".

"I was sitting in on some of the discussions in Brussels, by the way, where climate change came up, and the president was open, he was curious about why others were in the position they were in - his counterparts in other nations", he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron also chimed in on the climate issue, praising Trump's "capacity to listen".

"He stands in stark isolation", Meyer said.

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

"If Donald Trump decides to pull his country out of the Paris climate agreement, it would provoke a strong reaction from many American states, cities and economic players who are committed to developing renewable energy", Hulot said.

President Donald Trump ended his first worldwide trip by making clear just how alone the United States is now when it comes to climate change.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni also said six of the Group of Seven leaders remained split on climate change with their US counterpart this Saturday. Trump can side with our closest allies, majorities of Americans in every state, faith leaders like the Pope, hundreds of businesses and investors, and almost every single nation in the world or he can go with the reckless ideologues and most extreme fossil fuel hacks to put the profits of a few before the health of American families.

That platitude takes on more significance in the context of the G7 summit where Trump and the other six leaders diverged over free trade, climate change and migration policy behind closed doors.

The final declaration pledged to "fight against protectionism" while "standing firm" against "unfair" trade practices.

Trump hectored North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Thursday to pay their "fair share" to battle terrorism in a public shaming in Brussels, citing the Manchester attacks that killed 22 people and injured 64 others.

But since taking office, Trump has not moved to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was eight against one during the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy. "The G6 - the G7 minus Trump - fully recommitted to the Paris Agreement".

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

"I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week", the president told his nearly 31 million Twitter followers on Saturday.

Almost every nation that signed the 2015 agreement, including the six other G-7 members, has agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Citing three sources with direct knowledge of Trump's plans, the respected news outlet Axios reported on Saturday the American leader has told key advisors he will withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Under Mr Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China, Washington has resisted intense pressure to commit to respecting the global 2015 accord on curbing carbon emissions.

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