Leaders of G7 nations begin summit in Italy

Leaders of G7 nations begin summit in Italy

And aides say he has been listening and evolving.

Both US and European Union officials confirmed the outspoken president had raised the auto trade issue but sought to play down the language used, as Trump shared friendly words with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders heading into the G7 gathering. NPR's Tamara Keith is traveling with the president.

"The issue of North Korea is a grave threat not only to East Asia but also to the world", Abe told reporters before leaving Tokyo, urging the G7 to act "resolutely".

"There is one open question, which is the USA position on the Paris climate accords", Gentiloni told reporters according to Reuters, referring to a 2015 deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a candidate, he promised to cancel it and called it one-sided, another bad deal agreed to by President Obama.

But some of that has been undone by now-viral images of the billionaire tycoon shoving his way past other leaders at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday, and by his reported comments on Germany.

The G-7, going back more than a decade, has repeatedly recognized the threat of climate change, but US officials may be pushing to weaken language in the Taormina communique.

Other leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron, had hoped to sway the president at his first major global summit.

Abandoning the Paris agreement would carry a high political cost in Europe and China, where the deal is considered a bedrock of action on climate change, analysts say.

Mrs. Trump spent part of the afternoon coloring with the kids and praised their'positive spirit despite illness
Mrs. Trump spent part of the afternoon coloring with the kids and praised their'positive spirit despite illness

KEITH: For these leaders, it's a critical moment.

Cohn said USA compliance with its Paris commitments would be "crippling" to economic growth, but added the president was "interested to hear what the G7 leaders have to say about climate". In the evening, the leaders will attend a concert at the theatre by Milan's La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and then dine with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Timeo hotel. "We're a trading nation and we're always going to stand up for that".

Obviously, the Group of Seven does not represent all of the world's leading economies.

Previous reporting has said other members of Trump's orbit are also focuses of the investigation, but the reports Thursday evening were the first to name a current White House official.

A Canadian government official with knowledge of the negotiations said sticking points like worldwide trade and the Paris agreement on climate change, which Trump has promised to abandon, would likely keep talks going through the night.

"The United States made clear that it has not yet made its decision and will not do so here, but rather will continue to work on this", she said. Cohn and other administration officials have said Trump will wait until after the summit to decide. And he came here to hear people's, world leaders' views.

Diplomats worked late into the night to try to agree the wording with the United States on global trade.

KEITH: It's hard to know precisely what the president's views are on this and other matters because he hasn't held a press conference for the entire trip, has largely avoided answering questions and has cut way back on Twitter. "Right now, we don't have a position".

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