G7 leaders divided on climate change

The president's tweet came after meetings with other world leaders who pushed for the U.S.to remain in the Paris agreement.

President Donald Trump said Saturday he will hold off on a decision regarding the USA participation in the 195 nation Paris climate change agreement.

Trump announced in a tweet Saturday that he would make his "final decision" this week on whether or not to keep the U.S.in the landmark accord in which nations agreed to work toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change. The news outlet cited three sources with direct knowledge in its report that the President had told multiple people in private, including the Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, that he will withdraw the U.S. from the deal.

The announcement on the final day of the US president's first worldwide trip comes after he declined to commit to staying in the sweeping climate deal, resisting intense global pressure from his peers at the summit.

In their final communique from the summit, the G7 leaders noted they had failed to settle differences over climate change with Trump.

As a candidate on December 1, 2015, Trump posted a video on Instagram - while the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference was taking place - in which he criticized then-President Obama for "worrying about global warming".

It was unclear whether those meetings would still take place.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters Saturday, "The whole discussion about climate has been hard".

"There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not".

The Paris deal is the world's first comprehensive climate agreement, set out in 2015, with the aim of keeping the global average rise in temperatures below 2C.

Trump has previously expressed skepticism about climate change.

Barack Obama signed the U.S. up in September 2016, and members of the G7 are keen for the USA to continue to back it, not least because the country is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gasses after China.

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