The G7 summit in Italy showed that under US President Donald Trump, the US policies regarding climate change have changed. The six other members have all ratified their commitment while Trump refused to do so and claimed that he will make up his mind next week.
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The G7 summit in Italy failed to bridge differences over climate change as America did not join the other countries in committing to the Paris Agreement. US President Donald Trump, who previously called global warming a hoax and threatened to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, tweeted that he will make a decision next week.
The Paris Agreement, which was signed in 2015 by 195 countries, states that the parties will act to limit global warming and greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, 147 countries have ratified the agreement.
I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017
“The entire conversation about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “There are no signs whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not.”
Other topics discussed in the meeting included protectionism, sanctions on Russia following the annexation of Crimea, Syria and North Korea. It was a relief among the other countries that Trump agreed to the language in the final G7 communique that pledged to fight protectionism and commits to a rules-based international trade system.