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Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal -Axios

29 May 2017

"Lots of very important matters under discussion", Trump tweeted between events. Now the president heads back to Washington, where much of his party is pushing him to do the opposite.

A joint communique from the G-7 leaders emphasized their near-unanimity on the climate deal. 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.

Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn said Trump's views on climate were "evolving" and that he would ultimately do what was best for the United States.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the talks as "very unsatisfactory.", anything Merkel finds unsatisfactory is generally a good thing for the world.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", she told reporters.

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At the end of a G7 summit, it's customary for the nations to release a communiqué that conveys areas of consensus among the nations.

Calling his trip "a truly historic week for our country", Trump spoke to the troops - whom he hailed as "the warriors of freedom" - about his push to get sharp increases in defense spending from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense", he scolded. France has been hit in the last few years by terrorism as I will remind you the United Kingdom and Egypt in these past few days.

"I think we hit a home run no matter where we are", Trump told the soldiers.

Diplomats said that on other key worldwide issues, such as Syria, the South and East China Sea disputes and North Korea, there was broad G-7 agreement. This time the G-7 leaders reiterated a "commitment to keep our markets open and to fight protectionism".

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Axios said the decision, if true, would unravel predecessor Barack Obama's climate policies and send a "combative signal" to the rest of the world that global warming isn't one of Trump's priorities.

Another senior administration official, Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn, said the topic of Kushner and his relationship to Russian Federation was not raised at the G7 summit in Italy, which ended on Saturday.

"If he does withdraw, that would be a definitive statement from the president that he believes climate change is a hoax", Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"We're all allies all trying to get to right place and be respectful of each other", Cohn said.

Mattis said that as defense secretary, such negotiations were "not inside my portfolio", but added: "Obviously we deal with the aspects of a warming climate in the Department of Defense, and to us, that's just another one of the many factors we deal with which we call the physical environment".

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