Trump wins concessions on trade, climate at G20

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 09 2017 12:40 AM

US President Donald Trump attends the bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 leaders' summit in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday. Trump won key concessions on climate and trade Saturday from world leaders at a G20 summit in Germany, according to a final statement seen by AFP. Carlos Barria, Reuters

US President Donald Trump won key concessions on climate and trade Saturday from world leaders at a G20 summit in Germany, according to a final statement seen by AFP.

The final communiqué after two days of fractious talks in Hamburg says that the G20 countries "take note" of the US decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord on reducing greenhouse gases.

At the same time it leaves the door open to countries continuing to use fossil fuels, which are blamed for global warming.

It says the US "will endeavor to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in their nationally determined contributions".

On the key issue of trade, the rest of the G20 was also forced to accommodate Trump and his vow to put "America First" by looking after US companies.

While renewing an anti-protectionist pledge, the communiqué for the first time underlined the right of countries to protect their markets with "legitimate trade defense instruments."