G7 leaders pressure Trump on climate change

Shopkeepers down the hill from where world leaders are meeting boarded up their windows and doors on Friday, bracing for a protest march along the seafront of this normally sleepy Sicilian tourist town.

One man toted his groceries through the crowd, and two little girls in white T-shirts were waving at the leaders.

"There is one open question, which is the United States position on the Paris climate accords".

He said, "If those things collide, growing our economy is going to win".

He has yet to act on his threat, having said he would listen to what United States partners have to say before making a decision on how to proceed.

Nikolai Fichtner says Germany sees protecting the climate as "a modernization program for national economies".

The group of wealthy nations also included Russian Federation between 1997 and 2014 and was known as the G-8.

On climate change, the effort to keep Trump onboard will focus on convincing his team that developing renewable energy forms and technology to facilitate cleaner fossil fuels can be drivers of the job-creating growth that he says is his priority.

Spokesman Georg Streiter didn't comment directly on a report that Trump called Germany "bad, very bad" on trade because of the success of German companies in selling autos and other goods to USA customers. "I have a problem with German trade". The President's daughter Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser, has advocated for remaining in.

Republican Greg Gianforte won his race despite having been charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly slamming a reporter to the ground.

Juncker tried to play down the comments ahead of the summit.

Gianforte will fill the seat once held by Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "If countries like the USA renege on their obligations, the G7 must move forward without them".

Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn said Trump's views on climate were "evolving" and that he would ultimately do what was best for the United States.

On trade, the United States continues to refuse to include a reference to the multilateral system that underpins the rules-based global trading order in a statement the leaders are going to sign on Saturday.

Merkel said that Trump's criticism was "not really something new".

"Getting ready to engage G7 leaders on many issues including economic growth, terrorism, and security", Trump wrote on Twitter.

They are due to have lunch in Brussels on Thursday which could set the tone for the summit in Sicily.

His chief-of-staff, Reince Priebus, said Mr Trump had shown "his commitment to confronting evil, promoting peace and putting America First on [a] historic and highly successful first trip abroad" in a tweet on Friday. "We made and saved the U.S. many billions of dollars and millions of jobs".

U.S. officials had hoped the globe-trotting trip would enable Trump to position himself as a more statesmanlike figure and he enjoyed largely positive coverage on his stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian territories, and at the Vatican.

European Union council President Donald Tusk Canada PM Justin Trudeau, German chancellor Angela Merkel, US president Donald Trump, Great Britain PM Theresa May, Italy's PM Paolo Gentiloni, president of France Emmanuel Macron, Japan PM Shinzo Abe and president of the European Union commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

The others are French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and the host of the summit, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

The dramatic destination overlooks the Ionian Sea.

Trump has gone on record in the past as saying that global warming was a "hoax".

Trump has said he will not make a decision on climate change until after the G7 and he has also backed off on suggestions that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation might be an alliance that had outlived its usefulness.

"Canada believes very strongly in a rules-based global trading order".

This is the first time Mr. Trump has sat at the G7 table, known for its collaborative approach to solving major world problems.

Earlier on the sidelines of the G-7 summit, Trump met with Japanese Prime Miniser Shinzo Abe about a range of topics including the threat posed by North Korea.

In their declaration, the leaders said they were targeting "propaganda supporting terrorism and violent extremism, online recruitment by extremists, radicalization and incitement to violence".

Cohn said Trump had pointed out during the meeting with Juncker and Tusk that his father had German roots in order to underscore the message that he had nothing against the German people.

Friday's discussions in Sicily ended with a classical music performance in the shadow of an ancient Greek theatre and the smoking volcano of Mount Etna.

The stop in Sicily is the final part of Trump's first worldwide trip overseas, which has taken him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine, the Vatican and Brussels.

The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal bloc of industrialised democracies (the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) that meets annually to discuss issues such as global economic governance, worldwide security, and energy policy.