Trump calls first trip abroad ‘home run’ as challenges await

“Maybe I’ll stay down with you and celebrate together and just wave”, Trump joked to the several hundred USA service members and their families who crowded into an airplane hangar here to see him off.

Trump’s nine-day, five-stop global tour resulted in few tangible policy achievements.

“I didn’t support this woman”, Trump said about Le Pen, according to CNN.

The US is the world’s biggest carbon emitter after China.

The schism seems to have been opened by U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America first” agenda. Past U.S. presidents have also complained about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation “free riders”.

Trump personally did not participate in any news conferences at all during the trip, and only took the occasional shouted question from reporters.

German leader Angela Merkel said on Saturday that US President Donald Trump’s G7 partners remained in the dark about his intentions on climate change, calling the debate at a summit in Sicily “very unsatisfactory”.

European leaders have used the president’s time overseas as a last-ditch effort to persuade Mr. Trump to stay in the climate accord, which was adopted by almost 200 nations in 2015.

Mrs. Trump adds that she very proud of how hard the president work on the trip on behalf of the U.S.

“Europe, Canada and Japan stood up today and made a stand, revealing again how far Trump is out of step with the rest of the world on climate change”, Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace’s worldwide executive director, said in Sicily.

In talks with European Union leaders, Trump appeared to display a limited grasp of how the world’s biggest market operates a common trade policy, railing against Germany’s “bad, very bad” surplus with his country.

The unexpected announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily wrapped up in deadlock on the issue, with USA partners voicing frustration at the president’s failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

“Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should”.

The president said he “took a little heat” from proposing to boost the military budget, characterizing the money in guns and ships as an investment in peace. And in the heart of Europe, Trump berated NATO allies over their financial commitments and would not explicitly endorse the “one for all, all for one” defense doctrine that has been the cornerstone of trans-Atlantic security for decades.

The 28 member nations, plus soon-to-join Montenegro, will renew an old vow to move toward spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024. But the meeting also highlighted a divide between the USA and the four European countries in the group.

For a world power such as the U.S.to decide against implementing the Paris Agreement would be “grave”, said Gentiloni.

Trump once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax.

The final statement’s language on trade was still being discussed as leaders neared the end of the two-day meeting in the seaside town of Taormina, Sicily.

Trump and the first lady were scheduled to return to Washington, D.C., following the trip.

The G7 is an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship. After the G-7 summit of economically advanced countries, the president will address American troops on an Italian base before departing for home.

The day will feature a welcoming ceremony and concert at the remains of an ancient Greek temple, as well as a relentless number of meetings, many of which White House aides are hoping to keep short in order to keep Trump’s attention.

As a newly appointed special counsel is beginning to investigate links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Kushner has become a focus of the probe.

Trump Wraps First Overseas Trip With Visit to U.S. Troops in Italy