G7 leaders search for consensus on Russian Federation sanctions, protectionism

G7 leaders search for consensus on Russian Federation sanctions, protectionism

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".

French President Emmanuel Macron praised President Donald Trump's "capacity to listen" and his "intention to progress with us".

The French leader says he believes the arguments made by the six other members enabled Trump to understand the importance of that issue and the necessity the Paris agreement for the USA economy. G7 leaders sign the G7 Taormina Statement on the Fight Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy on Friday, May 26, 2017.

However, there was relief that Trump agreed to language in the final G7 communique that pledged to fight protectionism and commits to a rules-based global trade system.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel was pessimistic, saying that the discussion on climate change was "very unsatisfying", because "there are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not". "We were all very clear about that and about the role of the Paris agreement".

President Donald Trump says he'll make a final decision next week on whether the USA will stay in the Paris climate agreement.

And Trump took a new swipe at Germany, reportedly telling other European leaders that the country's trade practices were "bad", an account that has been confirmed and denied by administration officials.

Almost every nation that signed the 2015 agreement, including the six other G-7 members, has agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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 USA, according to a poll last month by the Pew Research Center.

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After hundreds of people had peacefully marched through the streets of the seaside town of Giardini Naxos, down the hill from where a Group of Seven meeting had been held, a smaller group of about 100 people peeled off from the pack and challenged riot police. The march was organized by unions protesting economic inequality, current migration policies and demanding lower military spending.

Backing out of the climate accord had been a central plank of Trump's campaign and aides have been exploring whether they can adjust the framework of the deal even if they don't opt out entirely.

A person familiar with the talks said six members of the Group of Seven would stick with their endorsement of the Paris deal, and await a decision from the U.S. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter before the formal announcement.

They restored a vow to fight protectionism - the use of import taxes and skewed regulations that favor domestic producers over their foreign competitors.

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