As President Donald Trump prepares to attend the Group of Seven Summit in Italy on Friday and Saturday, he has allowed worldwide pressure to build over a decision on whether the United States should stay in the Paris climate agreement.
President Trump had pledged during the election campaign to pull out the United States from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement that compels countries around the world to reduce their carbon emissions to combat climate change.
While on the campaign trail, now-President Trump promised to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel came a day after Trump reportedly called Germans “bad”. The White House has said that the President is yet to make up his mind.
Friday morning after arriving in Sicily for the G-7 summit, President Trump tweeted, “Getting ready to engage G7 leaders on many issues including economic growth, terrorism, and security”. I’ve never heard an aide suggest a president needed to “get smarter”, but there you go.
The leaders of Tunisia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria will join the discussions on Saturday morning, with Italy keen for the world’s wealthiest nations to help the continent develop its economy in an effort to persuade young Africans to stay home.
Mr Trump riled European leaders in Brussels on Thursday, berating them for not spending enough on defence and failing to endorse Nato’s commitment to mutual defence at a meeting of the Atlantic alliance.
During a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels this week, French President Emmanuel Macron urged Trump to stay in the agreement.
After more than a week overseas, Trump will close his worldwide trip Saturday with additional G-7 meetings and an address to US troops at a nearby air base. Since the historic deal was signed by almost 200 countries, only the United States has indicated they may leave the agreement. Accordingly, we strongly encourage you to make a clean break from the Paris Agreement.
“A USA retreat from the Paris Agreement would isolate us from the 196 nations working together within the framework of the Paris Agreement, reaching outcomes on worldwide economic policy that will effect U.S. interests whether we are party or not”, the Senators warned.
“We understand that some officials inside your administration want to remain in the Paris Agreement to keep a seat at the table so that the USA continues to have a voice in future discussions”, the letter read.
He has yet to act on his threat, having said he would listen to what U.S. partners have to say before making a decision on how to proceed.
United States trade representative Gary Cohn clarified Mr Trump’s comments.
“The President believes that the Paris agreement is not a great deal for America”, the official said.
Even without a formal decision on the Paris deal, Trump has moved to dismantle environmental policies seen critical for the U.S.to satisfy its pledge. “Most importantly we have to defend the rule-based worldwide order”.
They expressed concern at the recent proposal by President Trump to slash United States funding for the Green Climate Fund.
A recent meeting on the Paris Climate Agreement was postponed, and the White House indicated that a decision would be made after this month’s G7 Summit, which is scheduled to be held from May 26-27.