US President Donald Trump has returned to the White House after his first global trip, during which he visited Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, the Vatican and Belgium over a period of nine days. European leaders he met with at the Group of 7 summit in Sicily have been pressuring Trump to stay in the accord, arguing that America's leadership on climate is crucial.
But let it be known that, around 11 p.m. local time in Sicily, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump were seen holding hands as they descended the stairs of Air Force One upon arrival for an worldwide summit.
But reporters quickly became frustrated when the officials would not answer questions about reports Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner attempted to set up a private communication channel between the president's transition team and Russia, The Washington Post reported.
"Corey Lewandowski, who was sacked as campaign manager almost a year ago; David Bossie, who was deputy campaign manager; and chief strategist Stephen Bannon could lead the "war room," the reports said. Most notably, soon after Trump touched down in Sicily for the final leg of his trip, news surfaced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the role his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner held during the campaign and transition, including his contacts with Russian officials.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn held a briefing for the media.
President Trump claimed Friday morning that his first foreign trip has already "made and saved" billions of dollars for the US. Instead of following presidential tradition by making his worldwide debut in a neighboring democracy like Canada or Mexico, Trump flew to Saudi Arabia, the repressive desert kingdom.
Trump made the surprise announcement in a tweet after resisting pressure from European leaders to stay in the agreement.
He touted his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and characterized his meeting with Pope Francis as a "great talk".
"We're thrilled to be here right now and we're getting on that very big plane and we're heading back to Washington and the United States".
As the G-7 summit came to a close Saturday, the six other members - Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan - renewed their commitment to the accord.
President Donald Trump says he'll make a final decision next week on whether the US will stay in the Paris climate agreement.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops at the Naval Air Station Sigonella before returning to Washington D.C.at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. "I think we hit a home run no matter where we are". He later added that he'd had "a truly historic week".
It is not clear what money Trump was referring to, but Germany has pledged to increase defense spending with the target of reaching 2 percent of GDP.
As Trump spoke, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Marcon, stood in awkward silence.
During the summit he didn't mention support for Article 5, which is NATO's commitment to mutual defense in the event of an attack on a member.