The focus of last week’s G20 summit was world banking, and financial and economic stability, but the leaders of the nations that took part made climate change the focus of a statement issued at the conclusion of the gathering on Saturday.
The liberal media responded with headlines shouting that the whole world was united on the imminent danger of climate change, except for President Donald Trump who is alone in his rejection of the Paris climate accord:
• CNN: “G20 closes with rebuke to Trump’s climate change stance”
• UK Independent: “The G20 proves it. Because of Donald Trump, the world no longer looks to America for leadership”
• Yahoo News: “G20 summit shows Trump took U.S. from first to worst on climate change in under a year”
• ABC: “G20 leaders reaffirm support for climate change action and stand against United States”
• Toronto Sun: “Trump resisting climate change action at G20″
• UK Express: “G19 gang up on Donald Trump with dig at climate change at G20″
• Slate: “When it Comes to Climate Change, It’s G19 vs the United States”
“The final statement of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, underlined that the other countries and the European Union supported the Paris climate agreement rejected by Mr. Trump,” the AP reported.
“They called the deal to reduce greenhouse gases ‘irreversible’ and vowed to implement it quickly and without exception,” the AP reported.
“The other countries, from European powers such as Germany to emerging ones such as China and energy producers such as Saudi Arabia, merely ‘took note of the US position, which was boxed off in a separate paragraph.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel “made clear the separate paragraph applied only to the United States” and called the U.S. decision “regrettable.”
On June 1, Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris accord, signed onto by former President Barack Obama as an “executive agreement,” which did not have the approval needed from the U.S. Senate to put into place an international treaty.
Trump said his decision was made because the agreement would harm American businesses and workers.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord,” Trump said.
“I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh not Paris,” Trump concluded.
Putin Shares His Interesting First Impression of President Trump
Vladimir Putin’s first impression of President Trump?
He’s somewhat different than the guy on TV.
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that “Television Trump” is very different from the real President Trump.
“As I see it, Television Trump is very different from the real person,” Putin said Saturday at a press conference. “He is absolutely concrete, absolutely adequately perceives the interlocutor, quite quickly analyzes, answers questions or draws from the discussions some new elements.
“As regards personal relations, I think they are established,” the Russian president stated.
The two world leaders met for the first time at the three day G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Their meeting spread to two and a half hours instead of the planned half hour.
Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election was not resolved in the meeting, but the presidents did agree upon a cease-fire in Syria.
Afterwards, the Russian foreign minister asserted that Trump had accepted Putin’s denial of election interference, a claim the White House pushed back on.
“There is no basis to believe that Russia interfered in the electoral process of the United States,” Putin said.
Both presidents were optimistic about working together on many issues, such as cyberspace security in the future.
Putin Says Trump ‘Asked A Lot Of Questions’ About Election Hacking
Russian president Vladimir Putin said Saturday that President Trump “asked a lot of questions” about election meddling during their lengthy meeting at the G-20 summit on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the summit, which is being held in Hamburg, Germany, Putin also praised Trump and said that he believes that the U.S. and Russia are on a path to repair their frayed relationship.
“The Trump you see on TV is very different from Trump the real person,” Putin told reporters. “He’s very specific, he’s able to understand what you tell him, he analyzes your words pretty quickly, and he’s able to respond. He answers your questions or he responds to whatever may come up in the course of discussion.”
Asked about the discussions about whether Russia interfered in last year’s presidential elections, Putin acknowledged that Trump pressed him on the topic.
“The U.S. president did raise the question about this issue, and we did talk about it,” Putin said, adding his customary denial: “there is no reason to believe that Russia meddled in U.S. elections.”
“What he did is he asked a lot of questions about this,” said Putin. “And I responded to all those questions as much as I could, so I think that he did accept what I said, but you have to ask him what he thinks about all of this.”
The nature of the discussion about election meddling has been a topic of intense debate since the conclusion of Friday’s 2 hour, 16 minute meeting. Trump critics expressed concern that the Republican would go easy on Putin.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who was involved in the talks, said Friday that Trump had accepted Putin’s assurances that Russia did not interfere in the U.S. elections.
Sec. of State Rex Tillerson, who also attended the session, did not say whether Trump accepted Putin’s denials. He said that Trump changed topics after it was clear that Putin was not going to acknowledge that the Russian government was involved in the cyber attacks.
The CIA, FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and National Security Agency have all determined that hackers backed by the Kremlin were involved in email hacks against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign.
Trump’s position on Russia’s meddling has been more nuanced. While he has said that he believes Russia was involved in election-related cyber attacks against the U.S., he has asserted that it is impossible to know for sure. He has also suggested that other countries could have meddled in the election, a claim that was dismissed earlier this week by James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence under President Obama.
Unlike Putin, Trump did not take questions from reporters on Saturday.
Putin also offered a glowing review of Trump and said that he is optimistic that the U.S. and Russia will be able to at least partially restore its frayed relationship.
“I think we were able to establish a relationship,” Putin said.
“I think if we keep going like that, if we keep building our relationship like we did yesterday, there is every reason to believe that we will be able to restore, at least partially, the level of interaction that we need.”