Europeans making sales pitch to Trump on climate accord

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Europeans making sales pitch to Trump on climate accord

"He came here to learn", Cohn said.

"We showed our united commitment and our determination to continue and to strengthen our fight against terrorism", Gentiloni said after the leaders signed a document that also expressed solidarity with Britain after the suicide bomb attack in Manchester on Monday (22 May) that killed 22. "That was a meaningful moment to him".

European leaders have used Trump's stops on the continent this week, including at the Group of 7 meeting in Sicily, to launch a last-ditch campaign for Trump to stay in the climate accord.

European and Asian renewables markets are huge and growing and represent natural consumer bases for US technology.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis handed Trump his 181-page encyclical, "Laudato Si" ("Praise Be"), that largely blames man for climate change.

Like much of the previous administration's climate legacy, the Paris Agreement never had the support it would need to become the law of the land.

"He knows that in the USA there's very strong opinions on both sides, but he also knows that Paris has important meaning to numerous European leaders, and he wants to clearly hear what the European leaders have to say", Cohn added.

President Trump is in Italy for the G7 summit with uncertainty over the U.S.'s commitment to the Paris accord.

The leaders agreed to a joint statement on combating global terrorism, Cohn said. Kohn told reporters Wednesday evening that Trump "knows that Paris has important meaning to numerous European leaders". And Trump is likely to face more pressure to stay in the climate agreement, bolstering the arguments Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner - both senior advisers - have leveled to urge him to stay in the deal.

"He said, 'I would rather take my time and understand the issues and then get to the right decision on that, '" Cohn said.

- The Washington Post and NBC news reported the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is a "focus" in the ongoing investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. One potential compromise that's emerged involves staying in the climate accord but adjusting the USA emissions targets.

"We would be joining Syria and Nicaragua", said Sen. On the other hand, if the US exits the Paris Agreement, it would make the USA less competitive compared to other nations that prioritize clean energy, potentially stunting our local market. "That's a hard balancing act".

(L-R): British Prime Minister Theresa May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and US President Donald J. Trump arrive for the group photocall on the first day of the G7 Summit at the Teatro Greco in Taormina, Italy, 26 May 2017.

The gap between Trump and other G-7 leaders on climate underscored his isolation from Europe on some major issues.

If Trump does decide to pull out of the deal, it would be quite easy: The administration could remove the country from the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that set up the Paris agreement.

"He listened very acutely to the other leaders in the room", Cohn said. On the one hand, Trump's resistance may force the G7 to downgrade its climate ambitions and show how USA denial is already taking its toll on the global stage.

According to an American Enterprise Institute assessment of the agreement, committing to the Paris climate deal costs from $600 to $750 billion per year.

"The United States is considering its position in relation to these matters and what its policy is going to be, but there was no doubt around the table about how important this issue on climate change is", May said.

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