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Wed May 24, 2017, 11:32 AM

Trump's hazy views confuse allies ahead of summit

Source: Politico



U.S. officials have so far submitted broad points that don't nail down positions on issues the G7 leaders will discuss in Italy.

By TARA PALMERI 05/24/2017 05:10 AM EDT

BRUSSELS ó President Donald Trump's vague stances on climate and trade have frustrated U.S. allies just days before a major international summit in Italy, senior French and Italian officials said.

Officials from the G-7 countries meeting later this week are crafting the formal statement theyíll issue from the gathering, as is typically done ahead of such staid, prepackaged summits of world leaders. The French are leaning on Trump to clarify whether he wants to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, and Italy hopes he will agree to accept more migrants fleeing war in the Middle East or contribute funds to help Europe deal with the flood of people.

U.S. officials, however, have so far submitted broad points that fail to nail down positions on issues the leaders will discuss Friday and Saturday in Taormina, Italy, according to four foreign officials and one U.S. official reached by POLITICO. "We havenít exactly seen the same situation before," said Pierre Vimont, a former French ambassador to the United States who said he had spoken to people involved in the G-7 negotiations. ďItís been difficult to find an agreement with the Americans.Ē

The discord could cause drama during Trumpís first foreign trip as president, which has so far gone smoothly. The president hasnít made up his mind on key policies, and he has a habit of switching stances, leaving overseas allies guessing which way Trump will lean on major decisions that could affect domestic politics in their own countries.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/24/trump-europe-italy-summit-238735

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 11:39 AM

1. That's because he has no ideas.

And anyhow, whatever "plan" his minions might have concocted for him to present will get all garbled up in the pinball machine he calls a brain.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Wed May 24, 2017, 09:17 PM

3. His staff sure has him tightly controlled seems to me.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 03:11 PM

2. I think "vague" is being too kind

I think zero ideas would be more accurate.

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Response to Ray Bruns (Reply #2)

Wed May 24, 2017, 09:20 PM

4. Trump does not have a clue except what he is told by his staff.

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