G-7 in historic split as Trump goes his own way


If President Trump decides to pull out of the 2015 Paris accord on climate change, the United States could become one of only three nations in a U.N. climate group not to be signed onto the deal.

The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics. US President Donald Trump, who previously called global warming a hoax and threatened to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, tweeted that he will make a decision next week.

He tweeted Saturday morning that he had not yet reached a decision on whether the USA will remain a party to the agreement, which is meant to fight the global effects of climate change.

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. "So while his views are evolving, the basis for his decision remains unchanged". Only five of NATO's 28 members meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined.

Before the conversation between Trump and the other G7 leaders, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni noted that all the other countries had confirmed "total agreement" to the pact, while the United States commitment was an "open question".

"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", Merkel said. "He knows that Paris (deal) has important meaning to numerous European leaders".

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Group of Seven (G-7) nations yesterday were in an impasse over climate change as United States President Donald Trump rebuffed pressure to toe the collective line in the club of powerful democracies.

But accusations from US intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the USA election to help Trump and investigations into his campaign's contacts with Russian officials have hung over his four-month-old presidency and prevented him from getting too close to Moscow. "We are sure that after an internal reflection, the United States will also want to commit to it".

Advocates for stronger action to confront climate change said the message from the joint statement was that Trump remained unconvinced of the accord's value.

But at the tense meeting, trust between the USA president and the other leaders was not renewed.

"From increased tidal flooding, to worsening droughts, to longer wildfire seasons, communities across the USA are already experiencing the costly and harmful impacts of climate change".