Donald Trump faces new controversies as foreign trip winds down


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“Terrorism is a threat, bad threat to all of humanity”, Trump said, standing in front of a massive American flag at Naval Air Station Sigonella.

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. “However, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase costs on Russian Federation should its actions so require”, the final statement read.

Pressure has come from outside the White House, too. “I think there was progress and there was a real discussion and exchange of views”, he said, voicing hope that Trump would decide to keep his country within the Paris framework.

German weekly Der Spiegel quoted Mr Trump as saying in a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday that Germans were “very bad” regarding vehicle exports to the US.

“Ignoring the problem just because fossil fuel industry mascots like Trump demand it is like agreeing to take the warning labels off of cigarettes because they offend Joe Camel”.

“Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should”. The other six will recommit to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Trump said his appeals to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to pay more was working.

“He was curious about why others were in the position they were in, his counterparts in other nations”.

Where President Obama tried to encourage Iran to reform through the Iran nuclear agreement, President Trump sees a new alliance of Sunni Arab states and Israel, united against their common enemy Iran, as the key to curtailing terrorism and to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. “[Trump] seemed to be much more comfortable in Saudi Arabia and in Israel”, said Lee. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defence spending with the goal of reaching the 2 per cent target by 2024.

Those calls had mixed results.

“The ongoing large-scale movement of migrants and refugees is a global trend that, given its implications for security and human rights, calls for coordinated efforts at the national and worldwide level”, the leaders stated.

But there was no chance for journalists to question Trump, who broke with G7 protocol by not holding a news conference.

Trump was warmly welcomed in the Middle East, but in Europe he’s faced a far cooler reception.

H.R. McMaster says Trump’s support for Article 5 was “implicit in the speech”. White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt oppose the Paris agreement.

The G7 statement recognised the human rights of migrants and refugees. Macron won the French presidency on May 7.

Every presidential trip overseas has its share of weird photo-ops. “Here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the European Union, stand against one”.

Trump’s traditional power dynamics were once again at play in a forceful arm-jerking handshake with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 – who hours earlier had gritted his teeth to deliver his own stiff handshake.

While not surprised, environmental groups expressed dismay over Trump’s recalcitrance.

When Pope Francis met the president and first lady he asked Melania Trump, “What do you give him to eat?”

“Will take major action if necessary”, Trump warned.

But on two other big files – food security and climate change – the Americans were not part of the G7 party. Trump’s surprise announcement, in the form of a tweet on the final day of his lengthy global trip, comes after he declined to commit to staying in the sweeping climate deal, refusing to give in to intense worldwide pressure.