Trump finds it's six against one on climate change

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And just like that, his first foreign trip is over. Trump has said he'll make a final decision as soon as next week.

Trump was cajoled for three days - first in Brussels at meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union, then in Sicily for G-7 - but will leave Italy without making clear where he stands.

Trump has at times seemed to downplay concerns over climate change.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the conclusion of a G7 summit in Sicily has revealed that a debate between leaders over climate had been "very unsatisfying", noting that the United States had been totally isolated in its refusal to commit to the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

A final G7 communique on Saturday said that all member countries - except the United States - had reaffirmed their "strong commitment" to abide by the 2015 Paris climate agreement to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.

The stalemate on climate change was mirrored by divisions between the USA and the other G7 countries over trade and migration at the annual summit, described by officials as the toughest in years.Delegates worked long into the night in an attempt to reach a compromise on the closing statement to be issued later Saturday.

The Paris agreement is broader than any previous climate deal. An official announcement is yet to be made.

President Donald Trump stands in front of a US flag at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017.

But Trump can pull out of Paris, an agreement Putin has never liked, because it means a large fraction of Russia's fossil fuel reserves would remain in the ground, unable to provide vast revenue for him and the Kremlin.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's numerous calls for US President Donald Trump not abandon the Paris Agreement will be answered this 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 US participation.

EPA staff are quietly working with outside supporters to place op eds favoring withdrawal from Paris.

Trump's response on his return to the White House on Sunday, even as he and his family are lawyering up for upcoming investigations: It's all fake news.

The Group of 7, or G7, is comprised of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK; the European Union also participates.

They were right to be concerned.

French President Emmanuel Macron also chimed in on the climate issue, praising Trump's "capacity to listen".

The final G-7 statement, issued after two days of talks in the seaside town of Taormina, said the U.S. The U.S. hasn't decided yet.

President Donald Trump has decided that the United States will leave the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a new report. It is time to do an honest job on the science of climate.

The White House did not immediately respond, but Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks said, "I think his tweet was clear".

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