From the air, Trump tweets

Marsha Scott
May 30, 2017

H.R. McMaster says Trump's support for Article 5 was "implicit in the speech".

European leaders have been pressuring Trump to stay in the accord during their meetings with him this week, arguing that America's leadership on climate is crucial.

Almost 200 nations, including the US, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The scene repeated itself in Italy at the G-7 summit on Friday.

Meanwhile, several US allies expressed disappointment with the meeting, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggesting that her country could no longer rely on America to lead the way on key issues.

They come from Trump's personal account at odd hours, or at hours when he is watching CNN, which he does do, and other news stations when he's getting worked up about whatever he sees or hears, and also at night.

European leaders and officials complained to the media that Trump and his advisers were ignorant of basic facts, notably on transatlantic trade.

Almost every nation that signed the 2015 agreement has agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The Europeans had hoped Trump's visit might mark a reset in transatlantic relations roiled by his election - that the US president would be persuaded to see the world through their eyes more.

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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.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office says they also addressed trade cooperation and efforts to boost job creation on both sides of the U.S.

In Saudi Arabia, Trump called on the leaders of Muslim countries to shoulder more of the weight of the fight against terrorist groups like ISIS - matching his calls on the campaign for Muslim countries to shoulder more of the financial and military burden of the fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Trump and Trudeau also discussed "issues of global concern". Headlines all week have been providing a counterpoint to the White House version of meetings.

President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter Saturday morning that fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states are going to increase defense payments after he lectured them on their inadequate spending this week. "Money is starting to pour in", Trump said, echoing a tweet earlier Saturday on the subject. But on Thursday he declined to restate the US commitment to defend its democratic European allies if they are attacked, as Article 5 of the NATO treaty provides. They spend domestically on weapons or other defense-related needs. Standing alongside his counterparts, the president effectively accused countries who do not meet NATO's goal of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product of sponging off American taxpayers. Only five members now meet the target, but the other nations are committed to the goal by 2024. At the G-7, it was Trump's interactions with other leaders that commanded attention.

"He feels much more knowledgeable on the topic today", Cohn said as the first day of G7 meetings wrapped. Lots of very important matters under discussion.

Trump's first foray on the worldwide stage saw him engage in a series of powerhouse diplomatic sessions in which he touched on the most pressing global issues: from terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the state of U.S. alliances and the global economy. Under the G-7 agreement, the Trump administration will be given more time to consider whether it will remain committed to the 2015 Paris deal to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.

Daalder asserted that Trump's stances during the G7 summit had angered key USA allies.

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