TAORMINA, Sicily President Donald Trump faced new controversies over his team's possible ties to Russian Federation as he closed out his first trip overseas Saturday, a grueling five-stop sprint that ended with the promise of an imminent decision on the much-discussed Paris climate accord.
Given the biggest bridge to build was the one between Trump and the other six leaders, observers have also been pointing to the work the Liberal government has been putting into forging ties with the White House as one reason why he was able to take on that role.
In his final address to the G7 meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron struck a more positive note, saying of the US" final decision on the Paris accord, "My hope is that the (US) fully remain in the Paris agreement.
The unexpected announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily ended up in deadlock on the issue, with United States partners voicing frustration at the president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming. Trump tweeted Saturday that he'll make a decision next week.
"So far there is no indication whether the United States of America will continue to participate in the Paris agreement or not", she said.
The president refused Saturday to join his Group of 7 (G7) counterparts in a pledge to uphold the 195-nation Paris Agreement. He described North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as a kind of protection racket where the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies pay the U.S.to defend them and even suggested North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are in arrears and owe the us past dues.
Trump touted his series of meetings with foreign leaders as "tremendously productive", called the week "historic" and touted the bonds he forged with leaders: "We made a lot of good friends this week".More news: Ramsey wants Wenger to stay after scoring FA Cup final winner
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"I think we hit a home run no matter where we are", Trump said, before boarding his plane back to Washington.
"I laid out my vision for economic growth and fair trade... and I called for much greater security and cooperation on matters of both terrorism, immigration, migration, to protect our citizens". The six knew that Mr. Trump would not be a pushover, though they probably had some hope that their combined weight could force him to bend.
Clearly, for Trump now to violate a major campaign promise and stick with the Paris agreement would be a huge mistake.
Climate was among the most disputed issues separating Trump from other leaders at the two-day meeting on the Sicilian coast.
Trump may be willing to stay in the agreement, Cohn said, if the US can scale back commitments made by former President Barack Obama.
"He came here to learn", Cohn said.
"We commit to adopting appropriate policies so that all firms and citizens can make the most of opportunities offered by the global economy", it says.
He backed away from his tough campaign talk about trade with China after a summit with President Xi Jinping. During the conversation, which was described as friendly, Trump denied that he had ever supported Marine Le Pen despite the fact that he had tweeted supportive comments of the National Front leader.
Trump and the first lady were scheduled to return to Washington, D.C., following the trip that had them globetrotting for almost 30,000 miles.
"I'm not prepared to talk about it", McMaster said, adding that he and Cohn were prepared only to speak about Trump's trip.