United States to quit Paris climate deal: Trump tells 'confidants'

30 May, 2017, 06:39 | Author: Essie Rivera

The G7 summit has ended in Sicily following two days of discussions regarding the state of the world economy, foreign policy, climate change, and other major global issues.

The U.S. broke from the other six nations in a joint statement issued at the summit's conclusion, saying America is reviewing its climate policies while the other G-7 members remain committed to the Paris agreement.

According to Axios, three sources confirmed Trump's decision, although the president claimed via Twitter that he will make a "final decision" next week.

"I think we hit a home run no matter where we are", Trump said, before boarding his plane back to Washington.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G7 talks on climate had been "extremely problematic."

"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", Mattis told CBS show Face the Nation. Without mentioning Trump by name, she referenced the conversations that the seven leaders present had surrounding the 2015 Paris climate deal, which Trump has not agreed to uphold, as "six against one" and "very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory".

And while the news media spouted headlines that Trump aides said his thoughts on climate change were "evolving", he was not swayed by the arguments from Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, France's President Emmanuel Macron and others who are anxious about the USA pulling out of the global agreement signed by almost 200 nations.

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This is despite USA defence secretary James Mattis saying in an interview to air on Sunday that the president is now "wide open" on the issue. "The debate during this G7 allowed us to advance, very clearly, in the struggle against terrorism".

The president hosted Abe at the White House and his Mar-a-Lago resort back in February, where they appeared to hit it off.Trump has criticized efforts to cut emissions, saying they limit US economic competitiveness.

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States", Mr. Trump said.

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

The reaction came after Trump said that the final decision on the ratification of climate deal would be decided next week.

"We are satisfied by how things went", said Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, while acknowledging splits with Washington in some areas. The G7 includes Germany, Britain, Canada, France and Japan. Greenpeace regretted the outcome but held out hope that Trump might change tack. He also said during his presidential campaign that he would cancel the deal, and has infamously and repeatedly called global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese (and scientists) - but Trump says a lot of things, and has, at least a few times, also hinted that he understood the threat of climate change.

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