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President Trump's views on Paris climate agreement 'evolving,' adviser Gary Cohn says

President Trump's views on Paris climate agreement 'evolving,' adviser Gary Cohn says

With President Donald Trump still reviewing the USA position, "the question of the Paris climate accord is still hanging", Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told a news conference.

Cohn, even as he said the president would be open to hearing from his European and Canadian allies, told AFP that the Obama administration's climate commitments "would be highly crippling to the us economic growth".

Earlier Saturday, the other six members of the G-7, a group of some of the world's wealthiest nations, voted to abide by the Paris climate agreement, according to a person familiar with the talks.

Trump's pending review of USA climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that say little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

During his election campaign, avowed climate sceptic Donald Trump promised to exit the 2015 United Nations pact on limiting global warming.

President Donald Trump takes a walking tour with G7 leaders, Friday, May 26, 2017, in Taormina, Italy.

Merkel said that everyone at the table at the G-7 summit in Taormina, Italy, was urging Trump to stick with the pact, according to Reuters.

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His comments followed fierce criticism from the U.S. president during visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel . Iran is involved in numerous conflicts across the Middle East, in particular in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

Trump's views on climate change are "evolving" following discussions with European leaders who are pushing for him to stay in the Paris climate accord, a top White House official said Friday.

"He said, 'I would rather take my time and understand the issues and then get to the right decision on that, '" Cohn said. He came here to learn.

Despite that and despite repeated criticism that Trump has turned his back on science, the USA insisted that the President had gone to listen and learn to the other world leaders.

Finamore also said Trump's concern that the Paris Agreement would give China an unfair advantage over the U.S. in manufacturing was "groundless".

"I'm not going to say I'm going to go tell the president of the United States, 'Let's just walk away from the Paris accord, '" Perry said at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in NY late last month.

Whether the two leaders will discuss their profound differences over defence spending and climate change is not known.

Down to the final day of his lengthy first worldwide trip, President Donald Trump will lift off for Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, returning to a White House that sits under a cloud of scandal.

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Last year, only five of the 28 countries met the 2 percent goal: the United States, Greece, Britain, Estonia and Poland. He stated that NATO's activity certainly caused Russia's concern and "there is nothing good about it (that activity)".

"Robust" and "challenging" were the words being banded about as President Donald Trump attended his first G7 summit in Sicily on Friday.

"They were encouraging continued participation in the Paris accord", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. "But he also knows that Paris has important meaning to numerous European leaders".

Group of Seven leaders are preparing to sign off on a substantially pared-down statement at the close of their meeting, an indication of persisting divisions on climate change and trade. President Trump tweeted Saturday morning. Mr Trump "feels much more knowledgeable on the topic now", said Mr Cohn.

European Union officials are scrambling to persuade US President Donald Trump not pull out of the Paris climate accord after his advisers warned of legal problems if Washington stayed in but lowered its commitments.

"His views are evolving" on the Paris climate agreement, Cohn said.

"The G7 states have played a major role in polluting our planet, but they can and must lead the way in the solution", said Greenpeace International executive director Jennifer Morgan in a statement Friday. He has previously suggested that climate change is a hoax, and appointed as the head of the EPA a man who said he does not believe human activity is a primary contributor to global warming.

"The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics".

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Arsenal take on champions Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday in the final of a competition they won in 2014 and again in 2015. The UK will bask in searing temperatures this weekend and it looks like we've got a proper FA Cup final on our hands.

Abe warmly praised Trump, saying his visit to the Middle East and address Thursday at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters were "successful".


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