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The G7 summit ends without United States commitment on Paris agreement

29 May 2017

Leaders of the G7 and leaders of some African countries that have been invited for the two-day talks pose for a family photo on the second day of the G7 summit of Heads of State and of Government, May 27, 2017, in Taormina, Sicily.

Whether because he was exhausted or trying to underscore the distance between himself and other world leaders, President Donald Trump chose to use a golf cart rather than walk with the rest of the G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, on the final day of his worldwide tour.

White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks answered a question regarding Trump's decision with, "I think his tweet was clear". The president hosted Abe at the White House and his Mar-a-Lago resort back in February, where they appeared to hit it off.Trump has criticized efforts to cut emissions, saying they limit US economic competitiveness.

The message was published as Trump left Sicily after the G7 summit.

The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on December12, 2015.

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Donald Trump's intentions regarding U.S. participation in the Paris climate deal remained unknown on Sunday, as one report cited "confidants" saying the president had made up his mind to pull out while a senior cabinet minister said he was "quite certain the president is wide open on this issue".

The Paris agreement is broader than any previous climate deal.

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President Donald Trump has said he will decide whether to withdraw from the Paris accord climate change deal in the next week.

"And I'm quite certain the president is wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord".

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on the Italian island "the entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very unsatisfying", while Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, said: "I hope they [the US] decide in the right way". "Here we have a situation of six against one, meaning there is still no sign of whether the U.S. will remain in the Paris accord or not", she said.

Merkel, by contrast, was attending her 12th such gathering, and clearly believed she had overcome climate change skepticism at a 2007 summit, when she convinced the then US President George W. Bush to pursue substantial cuts in greenhouse gases.

Other delegates concurred that it was "six against one" at the gathering of leading democracies spanning North America, Europe and Japan.

Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, came under concerted pressure from the other leaders to honour the agreement on curbing carbon emissions. "We know that the levels that were agreed to by the prior administration would be highly crippling to the United States economic growth, " Trump's economic advisor Gary Cohn told RFI.

"His views are evolving, he came here to learn", Cohn said. The United States is the world's biggest carbon emitter after China.

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Trump tweeted earlier in the day that he would make a final decision next week on whether to withdraw from the climate pact. The issue is sensitive because Trump has questioned free trade policies normally traditionally championed by the G7.

Trump had said he would listen to what U.S. partners have to say at the G7 before making a decision on how to proceed. The G7 includes Germany, Britain, Canada, France and Japan. It would also be fiercely opposed at home by the environmental activists and by American corporations that are investing heavily in cleaner technology. "(.) It would be going tragically against the grain of history".