dglobalnews.com The Late: France's Macron urges Trump to stay in Paris pact
Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

The Late: France's Macron urges Trump to stay in Paris pact

The Late: France's Macron urges Trump to stay in Paris pact

In a tweet after his plane left for the US Trump said he had had "great meetings on everything, especially on trade", highlighting the part of the communique which called "for the removal of all trade-distorting practices".

Donald Trump made no secret during the presidential campaign of his disdain for America's trading partners, his skepticism of longtime alliances and his eagerness to refocus US foreign policy on the single-minded pursuit of American security.

For example, just 1 in 3 Americans who are Republican or lean Republican say they believe that free trade agreements have been good for the US, according to a poll last month by the Pew Research Center.

His announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily wrapped 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. His top economic and national security advisers refused to answer questions during a press briefing Saturday.

But Mattis, in an interview to air Sunday on a CBS talk show, said Trump was "wide open" on the Paris climate deal.

Earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised what she called "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory" discussion with Trump on the issue.

A consensus on sanctions against Russian Federation and a rejection of protectionist economic policies were the last remaining themes that G7 leaders were thrashing out at a summit in Italy on Saturday, ahead of giving a final seal of approval to a joint commitment.

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Experts say solid fuel engines and mobile launchers make it more hard to detect signs of launch preparations. South Korea hosts 28,500 US troops to counter the threat from the North, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

But as Trump headed home, many in Europe remained concerned about the future of US leadership.

European Union officials have described the current two-day summit, attended by the heads of state of the US, Italy, France, Britain, Germany, Canada and Japan, as the most challenging meeting of the G7 in years. 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.

Cohn told reporters: "They understand where we are, we understand where they are and it's most important that we continue to work together". "Money is starting to pour in", Trump said, echoing a tweet earlier Saturday on the subject.

Meyer said many USA states, cities, and companies are moving forward on climate action while the Trump administration is "waffling" on the Paris Agreement.

There is no evidence that money has begun to "pour in" and countries do not pay the USA or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation directly. Kushner's lawyer said he will cooperate with investigators.

After the pomp of presidential travel overseas, Trump will return to Washington and numerous problems he left behind.

James Comey, the former FBI director who led the Russian probe until Trump abruptly fired him, is still expected to testify before Congress about memos he kept on conversations with the president that involved the investigation. The GOP health care bill that passed the House faces uncertain prospects in the Senate after a Congressional Budget Office analysis that it would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026. And some are starting to question the chances for Trump's pledge to overhaul the US tax code.

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