Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Trump declares first foreign trip 'a home run'

Trump declares first foreign trip 'a home run'

Most disturbingly for allies, Trump did not personally affirm his commitment to Article 5, NATO's mutual defense doctrine, after pre-trip signals from the White House that he would do just that.

Trump has resisted pressure from European leaders to stay in the landmark accord.

However, the USA president refused to commit to whether the United States would remain a part of the 2015 Paris climate-change agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Near the end of the summit, he tweeted teasingly that he would make a decision on Paris next week, leaving delegations to scratch their heads about why he could not commit in Taormina. His lawyer said Kushner will cooperate with investigators.

Trump then moved on to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, saying he got a commitment from allies to increase their defense spending, and the alliance itself committed to joining the coalition against terror.

The president supports ongoing efforts to push member countries to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter before the formal announcement.

President Donald Trump has pushed back against earlier group statements opposing protectionism and has argued trade must be balanced and fair as well as free.

Trump is seated between Beji Caid Essebsi, president of Tunisia, and Mahamadou Issoufou, the president of Niger, for his first meeting of the day. That followed a debate with Trump that German Chancellor Angela Merkel described as "very dissatisfying".

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After the pomp of presidential travel overseas, Trump will return to Washington to find the same problems that have dogged him.

TAORMINA, Italy In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets.

Leaders from the G-7 countries were expected to gather at the San Domenico Palace Hotel on Saturday morning.

And he engaged in two alpha-male handshakes with France's new 39-year-old President Emmanuel Macron, who seemed to get the better of Trump on both occasions. He will also participate in a meeting with African nations, including Niger and Tunisia.

"If Trump really wants to go down a path of isolation, it will only speed up China's rise to the top", one senior German official grumbled. The president said recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, England and Egypt underscored the need for the U.S.to "defeat terrorism and protect civilization".

After the G-7 summit of economically advanced countries, the president will address American troops on an Italian base before departing for home. Anxious about Trump's tendency to make things worse for himself with unscripted remarks, the White House staff has kept the president a safe distance from journalists for most of the trip.

Trump held no news conferences during the nine-day trip, which allowed him to avoid questions about the Russian Federation investigations. Most notably, soon after Trump touched down in Sicily for the final leg of his trip, news surfaced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the role his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner held during the campaign and transition, including his contacts with Russian officials.

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