G-7 splits; Trump tweets final decision 'next week!'

According to the source, Mr Trump's administration was unwilling to highlight benefits of human mobility, Reuters reported. He used the remarks to blast North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members who don't fulfill pledges to put 2 percent of their gross domestic product toward defense. The other six members of the G7 - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom - reaffirmed "strong commitment" to the agreement, which Barack Obama signed in 2015.

"The United States is evaluating its policy with regard to the climate, so the six other G7 countries will reaffirm their commitment (to the global Paris accord) while taking note" of the U.S. position, a French official said at the G7 summit in Sicily.

"Europe, Canada and Japan stood up today and made a stand, revealing again how far Trump is out of step with the rest of the world on climate change", Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace's worldwide executive director, said in Sicily.

Trump tweeted that he would reveal his hand only next week as to whether he will keep the United States in the Paris accord, a global pact on curbing carbon emissions that he vowed to jettison when campaigning for the White House.

On the substance of this issue, Trump is on solid ground.

The declaration said, "Since the lack of social and economic inclusiveness and opportunities may contribute to the rise of terrorism and violent extremism, we commit to address these issues through a comprehensive approach linking together security, social inclusion, and development".

"Do you notice how much stronger we're getting, are you feeling it?" He also reiterated the USA commitment to the North Atlantic alliance.

"If we're not on the side of what's right, if we're not making the argument and fighting for it, even if sometimes we're not able to deliver at 100 percent everywhere, then it collapses", President Obama warned last November.

Trump had said he would listen to what USA partners have to say at the G-7 before making a decision on how to proceed.

"His views are evolving, he came here to learn and get smarter", Gary Cohn, national economic council director, said Friday of the president's thinking.

Not that Trump himself admitted to any confrontation. "We concluded a historic week for our country".

For example, just one in three Americans who are Republican or lean Republican say they believe that free-trade agreements have been good for the US, according to a poll last month by the Pew Research Center. No, he didn't repeat his description of the Belgian capital as a "hellhole", but the contrast between Trump's warm embrace of Saudi autocrats and his awkward interaction with the democratically elected European leaders was hard to miss.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, talk with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they arrive for a concert in the Ancient Theatre of Taormina ( 3rd century BC) in the Sicilian citadel of Taormina, Ita. Members of his administration are deadlocked about whether the USA should uphold the pact.

In Israel, Trump paid a culturally and geopolitically significant visit to the Western Wall while privately and publicly prodding Israeli and Palestinian leaders to reignite serious peace discussions.

In 2016, the G-7 consensus on what to do about the "Migration and Refugee Crisis" was to "increase global assistance" and boost the use of orderly resettlement programs to take refugees to safety.

British Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters that the G7 leaders agreed that climate was a priority, despite the fact that Trump is still mulling over his final decision.

Six world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris accord, the world's first comprehensive deal aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions.

At the same time, several of the leaders appeared to hope this week's meeting, Trump's first, would prove a learning experience. "There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not".

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