Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

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The leaders of Tunisia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria's acting president joined the talks on Saturday morning, along with the heads of the African Union, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

"The United States is evaluating its policy with regard to the climate, so the six other G7 countries will reaffirm their commitment (to the global Paris accord) while taking note" of the U.S. position, a French official said at the G7 summit in Sicily. Trump has advocated for fair trade, not free trade.

"There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but not a sharp open split like this".

There was no immediate comment from the White House, but Trump has angrily rejected allegations of such collusion, and was expected to quit Sicily without giving the kind of closing news conference that is customary among the G7 leaders. The U.K. hadn't yet voted to leave the European Union. Macron won the French presidency on May 7.

Trump made the surprise announcement in a tweet after resisting pressure from European leaders to stay in the agreement. That free trade was good and protectionism a danger was a given.

Trump, who has been on a foreign swing as president, is in Sicily on Friday and Saturday for the G7 summit.

The 2016 statement also expressed support for the recently agreed nuclear deal with Iran as an opportunity for it to "reengage with the global community".

The leaders' last summit in Japan a year ago stressed the need to avoid protectionism.

In a telling sign of the divisions now plaguing the G7, this year's statement came in at a meagre six pages - down from 32 pages last year.

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That means the G-7 is unlikely also to reprise its oft-used terminology against protectionism, after Trump in Brussels this week reportedly described the Germans as "bad, very bad" in their trade practices.

It is believed the wording was added at the behest of the U.S.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the G-7's discussions on climate "unsatisfactory". Merkel also told reporters that she "made it clear that we want the stick to its commitments".

Trump's campaign team says the rally planned for Thursday has been postponed "due to an unforeseen change" in the president's schedule. "This Paris Agreement is not simply another agreement, rather it's a core agreement".

It's not the first time the two have spoken. When he was asked directly which way Trump was leaning on the deal, Cohn said "I don't know". The no-protectionism pledge had been a part of previous G-7 statements but was omitted after a meeting of the group's finance ministers' earlier this month in Bari, Italy.

A short while later Trump took to Twitter to vow that he will make a final decision on the Paris agreement next week. The U.S. leader chose to wait until he could get a golf cart. Macron hailed this as "one of the true outcomes of this G-7".

"The ongoing large-scale movement of migrants and refugees is a global trend that, given its implications for security and human rights, calls for coordinated efforts at the national and worldwide level", the leaders stated.

The communique also notes North Korea's "new levels of threat of a grave nature to global peace and stability". Speaking at the end of the summit, Abe had one man to thank, praising "the strong action of President Trump in saying that all options are on the table".

But while Trump told the troops that his meetings with global leaders have restored his confidence in the strength of America's alliances, he stressed that the joint effort to defeat terrorism would not be possible without the American men and women who dedicate their lives to military service.