Fri, May 26, 2017: Trump discusses climate, trade, terrorism with G7 leaders

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) began talks Friday in the ancient Italian town of Taormina on Sicily, to discuss the world economy and other global issues.

The two-day summit, at a cliff-top hotel overlooking the Mediterranean brings four fresh faces to the meeting, with the new leaders of the UK, France, Italy and the United States joining veteran G7 leaders from Germany, Canada and Japan.

“No doubt, this will be the most challenging G7 summit in years,” President of the European Council Donald Tusk said before the meeting.

The summit has been billed as a major test for consensus-building, particularly over seemingly irreconcilable differences between US President Donald Trump and the world’s other major democracies over his stances on trade, migration and climate change.

“It won’t be an easy discussion,” summit host and caretaker Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni admitted the evening before the meeting. “The Italian presidency will try to ensure it is a useful one, capable of bringing the different positions closer together.”

 

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Fri, May 26, 2017: Trump attends G7 meetings in Italy

President Donald Trump continued his marathon of meetings with world leaders Friday on the fifth stop of his overseas trip in Taormina, Italy, where he is attending his first Group of Seven (G7) summit.

The annual meeting convenes the leaders of the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy and Canada to discuss and promote solutions for major world issues.

Ahead of his meeting with G7 leaders Friday morning, Trump met with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss North Korea, among other issues.

“It’s a big problem, it’s a world problem,” the president said. “It will be solved at some point. It will be solved, you can bet on that.”

Abe, who joined Trump at Mar-a-Lago in February, joked about playing golf.

“There is one unfortunate thing I have to confess, this time around we will not be able to play golf together,” said Abe.

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May 26-27, 2017: Trump in Italy: Attends G7 summit, meets with Italian President Sergio Mattarella

The 43rd G7 summit, held on the island of Sicily, will be a chance for Trump to ‘press America’s economic agenda and call for greater security cooperation,’ according to National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

It will also allow the president to appear presidential and calm the free world’s top economic powers about his leadership style.

Trump will also attend a dinner hosted by Italian President Sergio Mattarella, after seeing the famed La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra perform.