Trump says he'll decide on Paris climate agreement next week

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 31, 2017

"We respect President Trump's choice to reflect further on their engagements around climate change and the Paris accord", Trudeau said. Trump tweeted that he would make a final decision on whether to abide by the regulation goals next week. "Understanding this process, the (other participants) reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement".

A similar pledge made two years ago to end fossil fuel subsidies, and reiterated in Japan, was also dropped.

Therefore we didn't beat about the bush but rather made it very clear that we six of the G7 member states plus the European Union continue to support the targets. He's spending time on climate. His Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the United States reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to US companies and workers.

The final communique was just six pages long reflecting some of the areas where progress had been made. He continues to study, but he enjoyed talking to the G7 members about Paris and about their views on Paris.

"It's very clear that governments are not everything", he said. [He's] very excited to have the experience...

Cohn had said on Friday that Trump's views on climate were "evolving".

President Trump himself acknowledged the delay in USA cooperation with a tweet. In group photos, Trump towered above most leaders, and tilted his chin upward in pride as he walked among his counterparts.

In Brussels, he bashed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners for not spending more on defence, shoved the prime minister of Montenegro and renewed his attacks on Germany's trade surplus with the United States.

"Here we have a situation of six against one, meaning there is still no sign of whether the USA will remain in the Paris accord or not", she said. Trade was a big topic, with Cohn saying the United States' guiding principle will be "we will treat you the way you treat us", suggesting that retaliatory tariffs could be imposed.

The Guardian newspaper's Jon Henley, the paper's European affairs correspondent, argued in his assessment of Trump's visit: "It may, mercifully, have passed off without apocalyptic mishap, but Donald Trump's first transatlantic trip as US president still left European leaders shaken".

Donald Trump is now on his way back to America, ending a marathon nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe - his first foreign trip since taking office.

After persuading voters that America isn't great anymore, Trump apparently intends to make sure of it - by having this country lead the effort to kill humanity's last, best hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change.

Environmental groups in the United States, at this point running out of adjectives for the depressing state of this administration's climate policy, did not mince words. President Trump has reportedly told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that the United States will exit the Paris Agreement, a step that would unravel President Barack Obama's climate policies.

Trump said he needed more time to decide whether to back the agreement, marking a continuation from his previous sceptical stance on climate change.

In Brussels, Trump told French leader Emmanuel Macron that he is under "heavy" pressure regarding the climate deal, reports CNN.

Still, there was irritation at Trump's refusal to show his hand on the Paris agreement to curb carbon emissions.

Greenpeace regretted the outcome but held out hope that Trump might change tack.

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