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Donald Trump blamed for climate chat grinding to halt

Donald Trump blamed for climate chat grinding to halt

Trump issued a tweet on Saturday, before the communique was even out, that he would make his final decision on the Paris climate deal next week.

He has previously threatened to pull out.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very unsatisfying", announced German chancellor Angela Merkel, clearly frustrated with Trump's indecision during the talks.

Trump, who once said the concept of global warming "was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing noncompetitive", repeatedly said during his election campaign that he would he would pull out of the Paris, but has sidestepped the issue since taking office.

Donald Trump continued to distance himself from fellow leaders over climate change at the Group of Seven summit, and said he'll determine next week whether to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement.

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Near the end of the summit, he tweeted teasingly that he would make a decision on Paris next week, leaving delegations to scratch their heads about why he could not commit in Taormina.

A source who has been in contact with people involved in the decision told Reuters a couple of meetings were planned with CEOs of energy companies and big corporations and others about the climate agreement ahead of President Trump's expected announcement later next week.

There are fears the U.S. pulling out may lead to other, smaller countries following suit.

Mr Trump, who has called climate change "a hoax" on occasion, has reportedly indicated this is still his position to key members of his inner circle.

President Donald Trump remains "wide open" on the Paris climate agreement, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday. The goal is to keep the rise in global temperatures no higher than 2 degrees Celsius, as compared with pre-industrial levels. Almost 200 countries had pledged support to reduce carbon emissions in the landmark global warming deal.

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"He came here to learn and get smarter".The rift is one of several emerging disagreements between Trump and other world leaders.Cohn said Trump was struck during his discussions Friday by "how important it is for the United States to show leadership".

But it came into force only after being ratified by 55 countries, which between them produce 55% of global carbon emissions.

There are fears the U.S. pulling out may lead to other, smaller countries following suit.

"It would be taken as a statement that climate change is not a problem; is not real", he continued.

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