Trump’s indecision could be a negotiating tactic designed to see what foreign leaders will offer him. A White House official who has seen the United States’ key points said the U.S. so far has agreed to include only general language in the G-7 communiqué — the formal statement out of the gathering that signals the agreements reached or commitments made by participants — such as “promote economic prosperity and global growth.”
“He will address unfair trade practices and other global issues, such as the role of innovation in the economy, women’s equality, and food security,” the official said.
But these broad strokes aren’t satisfying allies who want Trump, who has not named ambassadors to countries involved, to clear up the confusion.
“Trade and climate are holding up the communiqué,” said a senior French official.