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  • The two-day summit kicks off in Sicily's ancient hilltop resort of Taormina

And aides say he has been listening and evolving.

President Donald Trump is meeting with European Union leaders. NPR's Tamara Keith is traveling with the president. Macron hailed this as "one of the true outcomes of this G-7".

His pending review of US climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that says little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

On Thursday in Brussels, with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders standing alongside him, Trump accused members of the military alliance of owing "massive amounts of money" to the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - even though allied contributions are voluntary. As a candidate, he promised to cancel it and called it one-sided, another bad deal agreed to by President Obama.

The Italian leader says the talks won't be easy but "the spirit of Taormina will help push us in the right direction".

"We had a very good discussion about the importance of this issue of climate change and about how we address this issue of climate change", May said.

Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and British Prime Minister Theresa May will also be attending the elite club for the first time.

KEITH: For these leaders, it's a critical moment.

Sicily is on the front lines in Europe's migration crisis, the first landfall for most of the more than 180,000 migrants who arrived in Italy a year ago - and the reason the Italian government chose Sicily as the backdrop for this summit.

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GARY COHN: He learned how important it is for the United States to show leadership.

The leaders pause for a talk before the traditional "family photograph". Yeah, we could - yes, we can have a hundred-plus nations signed up to agreement.

Other G-7 nations leaned heavily on Trump to stay in the climate deal, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying "we put forward very many arguments".

Besides reaching a decision on the climate agreement once back in Washington, Trump will also face a new crush of Russia-related controversies.

COHN: I think his views are evolving. He came here to get smart. His top economic and national security advisers refused to answer questions about Kushner during a press briefing Saturday.

Macron said he told Trump it is "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and the interest of the Americans themselves that the United States remain committed" to the Paris agreement.

Oxfam activists wore masks representing the seven leaders and had a banner with the words "Paris Agreement", the deal to fight global warming which U.S. President Trump has threatened to abandon.

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