At G7, 'pragmatist' Trump leaves a mark on new boy Macron

President Donald Trump declined to endorse the Paris climate accords on Saturday, saying he would decide in the coming days whether the United States would pull out of the 195-nation agreement.

Macron said he told Trump that is "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and the interest of the Americans themselves that the United States remain committed" to the Paris agreement. Leaders of the G7 group of nations, which includes the Unted States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy, as well as the European Union, are meeting at Taormina from May 26-27.

During his campaign preceding the 2016 election, Trump summed up his stance on combating emissions by telling a SC crowd, "I want to use hair spray".

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Under Mr Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China, Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global 2015 accord on curbing carbon emissions.

"The whole discussion about climate has been hard, or rather very unsatisfactory", Merkel told reporters after the summit. The United States have a financial commitment in the "green fund.' I told Trump that (France's) commitment compared to our GDP is bigger than theirs and that they are not the ones who pay the most". "And he came here to learn and he came here to get smarter".

"President Trump should now return to Washington and make the right decision, take climate change seriously and take action with the rest of the world", said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International.

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

In a speech this week at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, Mr. Trump said he was "honored" to address an alliance that has "promoted safety and peace across the globe".

After that conversation, Trump economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said the president's views are "evolving" and that he feels "much, much more knowledgeable" after the conversation with world leaders. The President teased his decision about the hotly debated topic in a tweet early Saturday morning Eastern time during the final leg of his first presidential trip overseas. Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, however, said he hoped that the US would stay in the agreement that President Obama signed in 2015. "His basis for decision ultimately will be what's best for the United States". "We know that the levels that were agreed to by the prior administration would be highly crippling to the U.S. economic growth, " Trump's economic advisor Gary Cohn told RFI.

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