Axios: Trump Tells 'Confidants' US Will Leave Paris Climate Deal

Angelica Greene
May 29, 2017

The biggest idea of Trump's trip was to reorient USA foreign policy in the Middle East against Iran. He solemnly laid a wreath at a Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, had an audience with the pope at the Vatican and stood center stage with Western allies at the annual summits that dominate the diplomatic calendar. President Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, gave Trump a chance to square USA government policy with the vitriol of his campaign on Islam and terrorism.

Senior Trump administration officials said that the change in rhetoric wasn't a softening of his stance, instead pointing to Trump's direct call for Muslim leaders to bear more responsibility for the plight of Islamist extremism. It may be a rude awakening after what Trump called a "home run" of a trip.

When Trump returns to Washington, he will have to confront the latest developments in the federal investigation into members of his campaign's potential collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election. "Trump is a pragmatic person, I hope he will confirm his commitments, perhaps at his own pace".

"President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution, rather than trying to shore up the flagging fortunes of the polluting coal and oil industries", Meyer said.

Before departing, Trump thanked the military crowd.

He returns to Washington now to find the United States capital much the same as he left it - engulfed in the latest revelations about the federal investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian Federation and with questions about the future of his presidency still swirling. "The mood he conveyed is you guys are a bunch of freeloaders".

European leaders are not particularly interested in the North Korean situation.

The G7 leaders committed themselves Saturday to the fight against protectionism and to defending the opening of markets after the United States overcame its reluctance to include that condition in the final statement, which the leaders signed and sealed at the end of the two-day summit in the Sicilian city of Taormina.

The US said it will make a decision next week.

The trip did produce a series of headlines that allowed the White House to reclaim some control of the narrative, but the drumbeat of allegations back home continued to dog Trump overseas.

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The White House had hoped to use Trump's five-stop trip as a moment to reset.

Trump's nine-day, five-stop worldwide tour resulted in few tangible policy achievements.

Trump also touted the $110 billion arms deal he inked with Saudi Arabia as enabling the kingdom to shoulder more of its security needs.

Trump indicated that his biggest goal of the trip was to rally the world against radical Islamic terrorism.

From the start, he set a new direction. But since taking office, Trump has not moved to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement.

The American people chose Trump, he added, "so we are coming to terms with this choice".

Trump was lavishly feted in Israel as well, embraced by a prime minister who despised his predecessor and was eager to flatter the new president.

But he also expressed the hope of making peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, and never declared his intention to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a move that would be certain to anger Palestinians, please Israel, and complicate peacemaking. He also made no mention of new Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a major point of contention for the Palestinians.

Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters at the G-7 summit Friday that the president was growing more attuned to the European stance on climate change. Trump hung back, deciding against joining his peers.

The six other heads of state took a short walk from one event to the next, chatting convivially as they strolled through the narrow Sicilian streets.

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