Merkel: Trump’s climate change stance ‘regrettable’

Sunday, 9 July 2017

US President Donald Trump’s position on climate change was termed “regrettable” by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her closing remarks at the G20 summit but world leaders appeared to have struck a deal on trade policies.

In Hamburg on Saturday, Merkel said the two-day summit, marred by violent protests on the streets, achieved “good results in some areas” and cited a hard-won agreement on trade that included Trump and the US.

But she said talks had been, at times, “difficult”.

“One central focus was climate and energy and here it became clear what I had said ahead of the summit,” Merkel said.

“Where there is no consensus, the disaccord must be mentioned. That’s why there is the American position on the one hand. As you know, the United States has unfortunately left the climate accord, or rather they expressed the intention to do so.”

The final statement in the G20 summit made clear that the other countries and the European Union unanimously supported the Paris climate agreement rejected by Trump.