TAORMINA, Sicily (CBSNewYork) — President Donald Trump is in the midst of the G-7 summit in Sicily.
The two-day meeting between the United States, France, Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada focuses on issues including security, trade, immigration and climate change.
Trump is one of four leaders attending their first G-7 summit. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Theresa May are all rookies to the G-7 center stage.
The leaders enjoyed a Friday night concert by the sea, and earlier found harmony while signing a joint declaration against terrorism and violent extremism, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.
Trump was the only G-7 head of government not to hold a press availability during the summit.
“We’ve just developed a great relationship,” the president said.
He did speak briefly during a photo opp with the Japanese prime minister, vowing to work with him on a response to North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear warheads and missiles to deliver them.
“It’s a big problem, it’s a world problem. And it will be solved at some point, it will be solved. You can bet on that,” he said.
Trump has already hosted the Japanese prime minister at Mar-a-Lago.
Earlier, as the Italian air force painted the sky with the colors of the Italian flag, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump made her own colorful statement, touring a nearby town event wearing a vivid Dolce and Gabbana coat.
Summit protesters were isolated a few miles away, with one group urging Trump not to abandon the Paris Climate Accord.
Leaders are expected to urge Trump to stick with the 2015 Paris Agreement, but the president has not yet decided, CBS News reported.
The meeting comes after the president told NATO members Thursday in Brussels that they must “finally contribute their fair share,” saying 23 NATO countries are not paying what they should be paying on defense.
“This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United states,” he said. “Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined. If all NATO members had spent just two percent of their GDP on defense last year, we would have another $119 billion for our collective defense and for the financing for additional NATO reserves.”
This is the final stop of President Trump’s first overseas trip in office.
Trump returns to Washington on Saturday.
When the president returns to D.C. the climate will remain politically charged.
CBS News confirms that presidential advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner is now a focus of the investigation into Russian meddling in the election.
Investigators want to know more about a December meeting with the Russian ambassador who then arranged for Kushner to meet with the head of a Russian-owned bank.
Kushner’s attorney released a statement saying, “Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.”
The president will visit with U.S. servicemen and women Saturday morning before returning to Washington, D.C.
CBS News reports a plan to shakeup the White House communications team will be waiting for his review and approval.