G-7 Source: US Gets More Time for Climate Pact Decision

Climate was among the most disputed issues separating Trump from other leaders at the two-day meeting on the Sicilian coast.

The leaders found agreement on other points, such as backing closer co-operation against terrorism after the concert bombing Monday in Manchester that killed 22 people. But the United Nations-brokered deal marked the first time the world, including the US and China, the biggest polluters by far, agreed to slash emissions with the intent of halting global warming.

President Trump is recapping his first foreign trip and saluting US military personnel at an event before he returns to Washington.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the discussion on climate change had been "very unsatisfactory", adding "we have a situation of six against one".

Macron said he told Trump it is "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and the interest of the Americans themselves that the United States remain committed" to the Paris climate agreement.

The unexpected announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily wrapped up in deadlock on the issue, with United States partners voicing frustration at the president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China, Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global 2015 accord on curbing carbon emissions.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who is also in Sicily for the meeting, told the BBC earlier that the accord would survive regardless of Mr Trump's position.

The President teased his decision about the hotly debated topic in a tweet early Saturday morning Eastern time during the final leg of his first presidential trip overseas. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the USA about setting up secret communications with Moscow.

A short time later, scuffles broke out among protesters near the ancient hilltop town of Taormina where the summit had taken place under high security.

Leaders of seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration more time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement. They restored a vow to fight protectionism - the use of import taxes and skewed regulations that favor domestic producers over their foreign competitors. Multiple White House meetings on the matter were delayed in recent weeks, and Trump advisers ultimately said he would not make a decision until after he returns to Washington this weekend.

"Trump agreed that the fight against protectionism should be in the final statement", a G7 source said.

Also not yet on the mutual agenda: a news conference. Cohn stressed Friday that the president was simply being critical of the US trade imbalance with Germany.

The G-7 is an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship.

After several European Union states ratified the agreement in October 2016, there were enough countries that had ratified the agreement that produce enough of the world's greenhouse gases for the agreement to enter into force. "Understanding this process, the heads of state of the government of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom and the presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris agreement, as previously stated at the Ise-Shima Summit".

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