Tearfund 'disappointed' as Trump stalls on climate change deal

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2017

Trump said on Twitter earlier Saturday that he would make a decision on the Paris agreement next week.

The G7 summit has ended in Sicily following two days of discussions regarding the state of the world economy, foreign policy, climate change, and other major global issues.

"If he does withdraw, that would be a definitive statement from the president that he believes climate change is a hoax", Graham said in the interview, referring to a comment made by Trump in 2012.

The President has previously threatened to pull out of the agreement.

Trump's performance in the last leg of his first global trip left other world leaders fuming with his stances on climate change, taxes and security.

US President Donald Trump has said he will decide whether to pull out of a key climate change deal this week.

While six world leaders of the G7 group of rich nations reaffirmed their commitment to an accord aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions, the U.S. has refused to recommit to the agreement, a report said.

"There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not".

'One hundred and ninety-five nations never agree on anything, so when they do, accepting the measure should be easy, ' the official said.

Back in 2012, Trump had tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive", in a comment that was picked up by former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign a year ago. Leaders of the other G7 nations - Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan - issued a communique confirming their support for the climate deal, which was reached with contributions from Barack Obama in 2015 and signed the following year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was "very hard, very unsatisfactory to have a whole discussion about climate change, with six G7 leaders against one". All the other six countries put together do not match the U.S. level of emissions.

Gentiloni said climate was "not a minor point" and that he hoped the United States would decide "soon and well" because the Paris accords "need the contribution of the United States".

They also agreed to step up pressure on North Korea, to forge closer cooperation in the fight against terrorism, and on the possibility of imposing more sanctions on Russian Federation over its role in the conflict in Ukraine.

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