Trump in Italy for second day of G-7 meetings

No decision on climate pact till after trip: Tillerson

AP News in Brief at 12:04 am EDT

The final communique - 32 pages past year - traditionally outlines the common positions of G7 leaders on the economy and other global issues requiring joint action by the world's leading powers. The leak prompted Manchester police to stop sharing intelligence with the United States. Trump also refused to explicitly back the mutual defense agreement the alliance has activated once, on 9/11.

President Donald Trump has said he will make a final decision next week on whether the U.S. will stay in the Paris climate agreement. "Trip has been very successful". He made deals for more than $100 billion in military equipment, christened a hurriedly finished counter-terrorism center, and was the guest of honor at a number of lavish welcoming ceremonies, one complete with a sword dance.

As the G-7 summit came to a close Saturday, the six other members - Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan - renewed their commitment to the accord.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was more downbeat, calling the G-7 climate talks "very hard, if not to say, very unsatisfactory".

The G-7 summit began in the shadow of Trump's remarkable appearance at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, in which he chastised some of the most loyal US allies for not paying their fair share to the alliance.

And by Friday evening, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said Trump's views were indeed "evolving".

KEITH: British Prime Minister Theresa May held a press conference at the end of the first day's meetings.

That sort of language is anathema to a White House that wants to impose a ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.

Though he was spotted at times chatting amiably with his fellow world leaders, Trump also remained slightly out of step, including when he was the only leader who chose to take a golf cart from the welcoming ceremony instead of walking through the narrow streets of Taormina. "This time around we will not be able to play golf together".

The president's remarkable public scolding of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation came amid a backdrop of uncertainty in Brussels toward Trump over his past comments publicly cheering the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union last summer and slamming the alliance during his transition as "a vehicle for Germany".

'The discussions on trade are making substantial progress, notably on the issue of multilateralism, ' a French presidential source said. Other meetings over the two days will include discussions of global economy and climate, a meeting with small African nations - Trump will be seated between the leaders of Niger and Tunisia - and migration issues. "We are sure that after an internal reflection, the United States will also want to commit to it", he added. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the US about setting up secret communications with Moscow.

How will Trump's first foreign trip shape U.S. diplomacy?

Trump has previously endorsed protectionist measures, saying the United States was suffering due to unfair trade practices from some of its main Western allies, including Germany, as well as from China and some developing nations. "If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today, especially from the threat of terrorism". Only five of NATO's 28 members meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined. Cohn stressed Friday that the president was simply being critical of the US trade deal with Germany.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with him at length about the climate deal during a meeting Thursday in Brussels.

One moment of the trip has garnered a lot of attention, as the president appears to push the prime minister of Montenegro out of the way.

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