Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive

"Understanding this process, the (other participants) reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement".

"If it comes to a choice between measures to curtail global warming under the 2015 Paris climate accord and growing the USA economy, economic considerations would prevail", Cohn told reporters on Air Force One Thursday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the discussion on climate change had been "very unsatisfactory", adding "we have a situation of six against one".

The G-7 economies, in a closing summit statement that was issued yesterday, acknowledged that only six members were committed to upholding the 2015 accord, while the USA continues to reflect on the matter, delegates said. Leaders met to discuss the world economy, foreign policy, climate change and other global issues, and it ended with all countries reaffirming the Paris agreement on climate change with the exception of the United States.

"I was sitting in on some of the discussions in Brussels, where climate change came up - and the president was open", Mattis told John Dickerson on "Face the Nation" on CBS News.

The U.S. broke from the other six nations in a joint statement issued at the summit's conclusion, saying America is reviewing its climate policies while the other G-7 members remain committed to the Paris agreement.

The G-7 statement provides the United States more time to resolve internal White House debates about whether to pull out of the pact.

Donald Trump has said he will decide whether to pull out of a key climate change deal in the next week, having apparently shrugged off pressure from U.S. allies in recent days.

Under Mr. Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China, Washington has resisted intense pressure to commit to respecting the global 2015 accord on curbing carbon emissions. Trump tweeted that he will make his decision next week, signaling that he has yet to officially make up his mind.

"He did not make a decision not to say it".

"Only a few weeks ago, people thought that the United States would pull out and that no talks would be possible", said Macron, who, like Trump, was making his first G7 appearance.

They also agreed to step up pressure on North Korea, to forge closer cooperation in the fight against terrorism, and on the possibility of imposing more sanctions on Russian Federation over its role in the conflict in Ukraine. "Trump can try to block climate action all he wants, but he has no hope of stopping the global momentum to fight unsafe climate change and secure a clean and safe energy future".

That sounds a lot like the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is a growing source of tension between Ottawa and Washington, D.C., as last week Trump began the countdown to renegotiate its terms.

But it also jibes with talk about Trudeau, who now has the third-most seniority at the G7 table despite this being only his second summit, having helped to find consensus between the leaders, including on the thorny issues of protectionism and the Paris Agreement.