Donald Trump continued to distance himself from fellow world leaders over climate change at the G-7 summit, and said he'll determine next week whether to pull the USA out of the landmark Paris climate accord.
"The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics", the statement said in highly-unusual language.
On one side were leaders of Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, plus two European Union representatives and on the other side stood US President Donald Trump.
During his campaign preceding the 2016 election, Trump summed up his stance on combating emissions by telling a SC crowd, "I want to use hair spray".
Mr Trump, who once dismissed global warming as a "hoax", has previously threatened to pull out of the accord.
And up for debate, the peril of climate change and the urgency of United States commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emission, NPR reported. He came here to get smart.
"What you're asking me to do is tell you what's inside the president's mind, and I'm not qualified to do that", a seemingly frustrated Cohn told reporters.
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Venezuela's UN envoy Rafael Ramirez in turn accused the United States of seeking to topple the Maduro government. Elected in 2013, Maduro has accused the opposition of plotting a coup against him with U.S. backing .
Associated Press reporter Ken Thomas breaks down President Trump's message to world leaders at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. Only five of NATO's 28 members meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined.
Speaking to US servicemen and women at the end of the summit, Trump promised to defeat terrorism and said he had made "extraordinary gains to advance security".
"He came here to learn", Cohn said at the summit.
Ambassador Sergei Kislak told his superiors in Moscow that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, the Washington Post said, citing officials briefed on intelligence reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was more downbeat, calling the G-7 climate talks "very hard, if not to say, very unsatisfactory". 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.
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Council President Donald Tusk, right, watch the Frecce Tricolori Italian Air Force acrobatic squadron performing, in Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017.
But according to a media report by United States website Axios, Mr Trump has told "confidants", including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark global agreement on climate change.