Trump promises climate decision next week after G7 stalemate

While six of the seven parties renewed their commitment to the 2015 Paris accord on climate change, they voiced frustration at the USA president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

"No doubt, this will be the most challenging G7 summit in years", he said as the summit got under way in Taormina, a town on the Italian island which overlooks the Mediterranean.

At the same time, newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron reportedly said that President Trump listened to other countries' concerns that worldwide equilibrium required the U.S.'s participation.

But it came into force only after being ratified by 55 countries, which between them produce 55 percent of global carbon emissions. Other G-7 nations leaned heavily on Trump to stay in the climate deal, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying "we put forward very many arguments". But since then, world and corporate leaders have increased pressure for the U.S.to remain in the deal.

Axios said the decision, if true, would unravel predecessor Barack Obama's climate policies and send a "combative signal" to the rest of the world that global warming isn't one of Trump's priorities.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in an interview to air on CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, said President Trump is "wide open" and that he's taking in the "pros and cons" of the deal.

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"Having been a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officer, under President Bush and President Obama, and then having been back there in Brussels representing the Department of Defense under President Trump ... this is a consistent message that we have given the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations", Mattis said.

President Donald Trump has pushed back against earlier group statements opposing protectionism and has argued trade must be balanced and fair as well as free.

This is the final day of Trump's first official trip overseas.

The six-page final communique from the summit says six of the leaders, including Canada, agreed to stand by their commitment to implement the Paris Agreement. Last month, Trump called the agreement "one-sided", suggesting that he may try to withdraw or renegotiate the terms of the deal. All but two countries ― Syria and Nicaragua ― signed the agreement committing to begin slashing planet-warming emissions.

His administration has argued that USA emissions standards are tougher than those set by China, India and others, and therefore have put American businesses at a disadvantage.

The White House has apparently told Pruitt to keep a lower public profile regarding the Paris Agreement until Trump announces his decision. Moreover, the USA risks ceding global influence to rival superpower China, which has already promised to support poorer countries' efforts to adapt to climate change.