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G7 communique: Trump agrees to pledge "to fight all forms of protectionism"

30 Мая 2017

A final G7 communique on Saturday said that all member countries - except the U.S. - had reaffirmed their "strong commitment" to abide by the 2015 Paris climate agreement to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.

His announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily, Italy, was wrapped up in deadlock over the issue on Saturday, with USA partners voicing frustration at Trump's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

But now there is a new story out, and whether it is true or not is uncertain and I feel that putting it in a headline would be wrong, but one website is saying that they were told by White House "confidants" of the president that he is indeed planning to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement, reports The Hill.

Donald Trump continued to distance himself from fellow world leaders over climate change at the G-7 summit, and said he'll determine next week whether to pull the USA out of the landmark Paris climate accord.

As a candidate on December 1, 2015, Trump posted a video on Instagram - while the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference was taking place - in which he criticized then-President Obama for "worrying about global warming".

Trump is the only G7 leader not to have pledged his commitment to the deal, tweeting on May 27: "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!".

"Subsidizing fossil fuel companies in the face of rapid climate change is like spraying jet fuel on a burning home. President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution", Meyer said. Twenty-two Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, sent a letter to Trump urging him to withdraw from the deal. "The leaders from Europe, Canada, and Japan have made it crystal clear that they intend to fully implement their national commitments under the Paris Agreement".

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The U.S. had crippled the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the predecessor to the Paris Agreement, when it refused to ratify it.

"He came here to learn, he came here to get smarter and he came here to hear people's views".

The delay from the U.S.is being seen as an area for concern for advocates of worldwide action to confront climate change. "His basis for decision ultimately is going to be what's best for the United States".

President Obama helped negotiate the historic Paris Agreement in 2015, and it was officially ratified by the US and 194 other signatories a year ago. In preparations for the Trump-Macron lunch in Brussels, the White House team told its French counterpart to limit the meal to no more than an hour and 15 minutes. It aims to hold the increase in average global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with all the signatory states agreeing to reduce or limit their greenhouse gas emissions.

As a newly-appointed special counsel is beginning his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and close adviser, has become a focus of the probe, according to The Washington Post.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G7 talks on climate had been "extremely problematic."

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