At the G7 meeting, so far Donald Trump refuses to submit on global warming and immigration.
It seems that the G7 meeting has been a wrestling match in which Donald Trump refuses to be defeated despite six-against-one odds. Voters who supported Trump have obvious reason to rejoice at such news, unless it turns out to be theater. Hopefully, Trump won’t go back on the promises that motivated voters to elect him as President.
AFP reports at Yahoo News, “Stormy climate at G7 as Trump goes his own way.”
G7 nations on Saturday were deadlocked over climate change as US President Donald Trump rebuffed pressure to toe the collective line in the club of powerful democracies.
Delegates from the Group of Seven leading economies said a closing summit statement to be issued later Saturday would acknowledge only that six members were committing to upholding the Paris climate accord on curbing emissions, while the United States continues to reflect on the matter.
G7 leaders began the concluding day of their annual summit in discussions with leaders from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia.
The five African states are key players in the Mediterranean migration crisis, as countries of origin or transit for hundreds of thousands of migrants attempting to reach Europe via perilous crossings of the Mediterranean.
The G7’s Italian presidency placed this year’s summit in Sicily to underline the proximity of the crisis.
But even that has prompted discord among participants as Trump, according to Italian sources and activists, resists the hosts’ desire to issue a declaration underlining the benefits as well as pitfalls of migration.
That sort of language is anathema to a White House that wants to impose a ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.
The fact that the six European countries wanted the President’s signature on a statement that justified their immigration policy indicates they are desperately seeking legitimacy.
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