TAORMINA, Italy: The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local):
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to “enhance” sanctions on North Korea, including targeting entities that support North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.
That’s according to a White House readout of the pair’s meeting Friday ahead of the G-7 summit of wealthy nations.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently told a U.N. gathering that the U.S. would not hesitate to sanction other countries that support the North’s illegal activities.
Trump and Abe also discussed counter-terror efforts in the wake of the Manchester concert attack.
Trump told reporters at the top of the meeting that North Korea is “a world problem” that “will be solved.”
Leaders attending the Group of Seven summit were cheered and greeted by local residents in the hilltop Sicilian town of Taormina — a rarity for global summits where ordinary people are usually kept at long distances for security reasons.
Crowds lined the route as President Donald Trump and the other six G-7 leaders made their way from Taormina’s famed ancient Greek theater to the five-star San Domenico Palace, where they were meeting, about a kilometer away. The leaders made a brief stop along the way to take in a breathtaking view of the sea below.
While most of the public was barred from entering a security red zone, residents of Taormina, a town of 11,000, were given credentials to wear around their necks giving them access to the leaders on their arrival.
There was a man who toted his groceries through the crowd, and two little girls in white T-shirts waving at the leaders as they passed.
Security precautions increased after clashes at the Genoa summit 16 years ago left one protester dead.
Germany is rejecting a U.S. official’s assertion that efforts to combat climate change will harm economic growth.
White House economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters on the flight to Sicily Thursday that, if it comes to a choice between measures to curtail global warming under the 2015 Paris climate accord and growing the U.S. economy, economic considerations would prevail.
He said, “If those things collide, growing our economy is going to win. “
Asked about the comments Friday, a spokesman for Germany’s environment ministry said “we expressly don’t share the view that protecting the climate harms economic growth.”
Nikolai Fichtner said Germany sees protecting the climate as “a modernization program” for national economies.” He said, “the key question is whether one is part of this early on or not.”
He also said Germany is lobbying “at all levels right now” for the U.S. to remain part of the Paris agreement.
A German government spokesman says trade surpluses like the one that’s provoking Donald Trump’s ire are the result of market factors and are “neither good nor bad.”
Spokesman Georg Streiter didn’t comment directly on a report that Trump called Germany “bad, very bad” on trade because of German companies’ success selling goods such as cars in the U.S.
Streiter said in Berlin that Germany’s current account surplus — the broadest measure of trade and investment flows — reflects economic factors that the German government can’t directly do anything about.
He said it was “also caused by factors that cannot, or at least cannot directly, be influenced by economic or financial policy measures in Germany,” including the price of oil price, the euro exchange rate and “structural factors such as demographic developments.”
President Donald Trump is praising the Republican who won Montana’s special House race Thursday for his “Great win in Montana.”
Republican Greg Gianforte won his race despite having been charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly slamming a reporter to the ground.
Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs said Gianforte “body slammed” him and broke his glasses at a Wednesday event/
Trump offered his comments during the G-7 summit it Sicily Friday.
Gianforte will fill the seat once held by Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Comments by President Trump on Germany’s trade surplus with the United States are getting attention as leaders of seven wealthy democracies gather for difficult talks on trade and climate change.
Germany’s Der Spiegel reported that Trump told European Union leaders in Brussels Thursday that Germans are “bad, very bad” on trade ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Taormina, Sicily. Trump was also quoted saying he wanted to reduce Germans car sales in the U.S.
White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said Friday that Trump did say Germans are “very bad on trade but he doesn’t have a problem with Germany.” He noted that Trump’s father was born in Germany and said Trump had told the leaders, “I don’t have a problem Germany, I have a problem with German trade.”
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the report was “exaggerated” and that Trump was “not aggressive” in his comments.
President Donald Trump says on Twitter that he’s getting “ready to engage” his fellow G-7 leaders “on many issues including economic growth, terrorism, and security.”
Trump offered two messages shortly after arriving at the G-7 summit of wealthy nations being held in the coastal city of Taormina, Sicily.
He’s also touting his trip so far, describing it as “very successful.” He says, “We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs.”
Trump is on the final stop of his first foreign trip, which has taken him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Brussels and Italy.
President Donald Trump has arrived at his first G-7 summit in Italy.
Trump walked into an ancient Greek theater, shook hands with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and made a little small talk with his fellow heads of state as they posed for a group photo in Taormina, Sicily.
The dramatic destination overlooks the Ionian Sea.
Trump then hopped in a golf cart for a short ride through the narrow streets of the hilltop town en route to a set of meetings, saying “Hello, everybody” to onlookers as he drove past.
The chairman of the European Union’s council says there is “no doubt that this will be the most challenging G-7 summit in years.”
President Donald Trump’s positions on the hot-button issues of climate change, trade and migration stand in contrast to many European leaders. And they threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies off its consensus game.
European Council President Donald Tusk says that leaders “sometimes have very different views” on topics such as climate change and trade. He says the European Union’s goal is to maintain the unity of the G-7 on “all fronts,” most importantly “defending the rules-based international order.”
He also says he agrees with Trump that the international community should be “tough, even brutal” on terrorism and the Islamic State group.
Tusk spoke at the start of a meeting of the Group of Seven democracies in Taormina, Sicily.
President Donald Trump is declaring that North Korea is “a world problem” but says “it will be solved.”
Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday ahead of the G-7 summit in the Sicilian coastal city of Taormina, Italy.
The president said the men would discuss the situation with North Korea, which has repeatedly conducted missile tests, rattling its Pacific neighbors.
Trump said, “it will be solved, you can bet on that.”
Abe became the latest world leader to publicly flatter Trump, saluting his visit to the Middle East and address to NATO on Thursday. He said they would discuss economic issues and also joked that, unlike their last meeting in Florida, the two men would not be able to play golf this time.
Trump is spending two days at the G-7, the final stop on his maiden international trip.
President Donald Trump is in Taormina, Italy for a series of meetings with fellow Group of Seven wealthy nation leaders.
Trump is set to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before participating in a welcome ceremony and reception with follow G-7 leaders.
In the afternoon, he’ll participate in a luncheon and working sessions, before joining first lady Melania Trump at a performance of the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina.
The president and first lady will finish off the second-last day of Trump’s first official trip abroad attending a dinner hosted by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
The G-7 includes the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
President Donald Trump has faced a much cooler reception in Europe than the welcome he received in the Middle East.
The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel seemed in competition to outdo the other with the warmth of their welcomes. Not so in Europe as Trump met with other NATO leaders and appeared eager to go on the offensive.
Trump has publicly scolded some of America’s most loyal allies for not paying their fair share of NATO’s defense initiatives. He’s also refused to explicitly back their mutual defense agreement.
Trump now arrives in Sicily for the final leg of a nine-day, five-stop marathon, a G-7 economic meeting. He is likely to be received warily, but the White House says the president has made personal breakthroughs with his peers.