The Group of Seven world leaders, or rather Six excluding Trump, tried to tame the US president… and failed. Which means on Saturday the group will sign off on a significantly “pared-down” statement at the close of their meeting in Sicily – an indication of deep divisions on climate change, trade and various other issues between Trump and the rest of the developed world. Pushing hard to persuade Trump to back the landmark Paris climate accord deal, after hours of talks that were described by Angela Merkel as “controversial” the G-7 leaders failed to get Trump’s endorsement.
The leaders did, however, issue a joint statement on fighting terrorism, admonishing internet service providers and social media companies to “substantially increase” their efforts to rein in extremist content. According to Italy’s Prime Minister and host, Paolo Gentiloni, the group was also inching closer to finding common language on trade, a controversial for Trump who has repeatedly pushed for an “America first” agenda.
But on the issue of climate, there was no breakthrough.