>> World leaders are meeting at the G7 in Italy in what the White House has described as robust talks. I'm Reuters' Jake O'Grease, here at the G7 in Sicily. To help me digest some of this is Noah Barken, Reuters' Europe correspondent. So the White House are saying robust.
You could say tense or challenging.>> Well, I don't think there's any denying that these are tense moments that we're experiencing here. I think there was some hope that they could convince him, sway him, on the big, contentious issues, trade and climate change. But I think the realization is setting in that it's gonna be very difficult to get the United States and it's president, Donald Trump, to sign up to the kind of pledges that the G7 has signed up to in the past.
>> And Trump was outspoken at NATO. Has that spilled over to this side?>> Well, certainly I think European officials who were in NATO at the NATO summit in Brussels, yesterday, came to Sicily with a bit of a bad taste in their mouth. And I think European leaders and NATO partners were expecting a positive message.
And they got more bashing on their heads from Donald Trump about a lack of defense spending.>> So, as a journalist who's covered these summits before, what stood out?>> The G7 has been known as a group of like-minded countries, like-minded leaders And you expect them to reach some sort of consensus.
So what's really striking here is that, at the G7, they're really struggling to reach a consensus on some of the biggest challenges facing the globe right now.