President Trump concludes whirlwind overseas tour

May 29, 2017, 09:01
President Trump concludes whirlwind overseas tour

President Trump chose to ride in a golf cart while his foreign counterparts took a walk through Taormina, Sicily on Saturday during the Group of 7 (G7) summit.

President Donald Trump surprised media and major states' leaders when he chose his favourite vehicle of all time, golf cart, to carry him on his final day of his worldwide tour rather than walk with the G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily.

"You are the warriors of freedom, you are the protectors of that great American flag", Trump said.

Throughout Saturday's speech, the president recounted the highlights from his nine-day trip, which began with meeting Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia a week ago, a trip to see Pope Francis at the Vatican and concluded at the G7 Summit on Saturday.

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During a speech to members of the US military on Saturday in Italy, he said his nine-day tour was a "home run". "We're just not going to comment", Cohn said. And he stood by his call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to beef up their defense spending, once again calling it "not fair to the United States taxpayer".

Trump touted his series of meetings with foreign leaders as "tremendously productive", called the week "historic" and touted the bonds he forged with leaders: "We made a lot of good friends this week".

The trip has gone off without a major misstep, with the administration touting the president's efforts to create a new coalition to fight terrorism while admonishing partners in an old alliance to pay their fair share. "Money is starting to pour in", Trump said, echoing a tweet earlier Saturday on the subject.

The White House says G-7 leaders had a "very robust" conversation before issuing a final statement giving President Donald Trump more time to decide whether to keep the U.S.in the Paris climate agreement. The U.S. was the only country represented at the summit that did not sign the deal on Saturday. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024.

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Now that he's back in Washington, he will have to confront the latest developments in the federal investigation into members of his campaign's potential collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election. Kushner's lawyer said he will cooperate with investigators.

Trump's pending review of US climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that say little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump was hoping to escape the increasingly gloomy specter of the federal probe into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation as he departed on his first foreign trip last Friday. The president's budget was widely criticized for deep cuts to safety net programs. And they are skeptical he'll confront Moscow's continued meddling in Western elections, given Russian hackers took the same steps in last year's USA presidential election to sway the vote in Trump's favor.

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