Trump delays decision on Paris climate agreement at G7 summit

In anunexpected announcement on Saturday, Trump who was ata summit of G7 leaders in Sicily, said he would later decide on whether the United States would abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.

President Donald Trump, however, took to Twitter to say that he would issue a final decision on the 195-nation accord next week. And to ensure that happens, countries have committed to reducing their carbon emissions.

"Some may seek to portray the response to climate change as a fundamental threat to the economy", said Guterres.

Trump reportedly told his confidants that he would withdraw the USA from the climate accord.

During the two-day conclave, other leaders repeatedly urged Trump to recognise that the United States had to show leadership on climate issues being the world's second biggest carbon emitter.

The reaction came after Trump said that the final decision on the ratification of climate deal would be decided next week.

America's exit from the Paris Agreement wouldn't invalidate the accord, which still has the support of most of the world, including China, and is likely to proceed without USA participation.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard", Angela Merkel said yesterday, "if not to say very dissatisfying".

Perhaps the most historic global agreement on climate change is about to lose a member. "We urge him to surprise us all next week and come out showing his support for Paris".

Mr Trump was cajoled for three days - first in Brussels at meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union and then in Sicily - but will leave Italy without making clear where he stands.

"So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming", said Guterres in the address at New York University.

"We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands", she said, reportedly to great applause from her 2000 listeners, referring to both the "new USA government of Donald Trump" and "imminent Brexit of Great Britain".

"My sense is the climate train has left the station around the world and even in the United States - particularly at the state level - there's an bad lot going on", Robertson said. White House adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president's son-in-law and daughter, have joined Tillerson in advocating staying.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday it was right not to gloss over differences with the United States on climate issues and added that a G7 debate at the weekend had shown it would be tough to make the Paris climate agreement successful.

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