Trump calls first trip abroad 'home run' as challenges await

28 May, 2017, 06:11 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Although he tweeted that he would make a decision next week, his apparent reluctance to embrace the first-ever legally binding global climate deal that was signed by 195 countries clearly annoyed German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says differences of opinion with President Donald Trump "emerged quite clearly in our discussion" at the G-7 summit. Cohn stressed Friday that the president was simply being critical of the US trade deal with Germany.

Unlike other G7 leaders, he is not due to give a press conference before flying out.

And by Friday evening, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said Trump's views were indeed "evolving".

Although failing to find immediate common ground on a G7 approach to climate change, the United States did give backing to statements opposing protectionist economic policies and supported further sanctions on Russian Federation should they be deemed necessary.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters.

And the USA president flew home Saturday boasting he had "scored a home run" everywhere he'd been, saying he had forged bonds with friends old and new in the fight against terrorism. "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".

According to those who are on the scene in Sicily, this address is very much set up like a Donald Trump campaign rally, complete with the theme from Air Force One playing as it did during the campaign, according to The Associated Press' Jonathan Lemire.

And in Brussels, Trump chided assembled leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending enough on defense costs and urged them to spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense, as outlined in the alliance's charter.

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But complicating any deal is the adjacent hilltop site revered by Muslims as the "Noble Sanctuary" and Jews as the "Temple Mount". They rightly recognized that there was no point in a dialogue with a terrorist organization dedicated to Israel's destruction.

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Duterte replied that drugs were the "scourge of my nation now and I have to do something to preserve the Filipino nation". They held their first bilateral meeting last November at the APEC Summit in Peru.

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Trump's nine-day, five-stop global tour resulted in few tangible policy achievements.

The biggest idea of Trump's trip was to reorient USA foreign policy in the Middle East against Iran.

Kushner's lawyers have said he will cooperate with the newly appointed special counsel. In preparations for the Trump-Macron lunch in Brussels, the White House team told its French counterpart to limit the meal to no more than an hour and 15 minutes.

In a major speech on his second day in Riyadh to leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries, the President attempted to tone down his rhetoric and took his first major step toward attempting to unite the Muslim world in common cause against terrorism.

Trump, posting on Twitter, said he would make a decision on whether the US would remain in the climate change accord next week, after he returns to Washington.

European leaders have used the president's time overseas as a last-ditch effort to persuade Mr. Trump to stay in the climate accord, which was adopted by almost 200 nations in 2015.

Trump was warmly welcomed in the Middle East, but in Europe he's faced a far cooler reception.

"From increased tidal flooding, to worsening droughts, to longer wildfire seasons, communities across the US are already experiencing the costly and harmful impacts of climate change". 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". Trump's short-sighted actions could make the U.S. into a pariah state.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also opted to see the glass half-full. At the G7 in particular, his counterparts sought to sway him on climate change, free trade, Russian Federation and other issues.

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