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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump attend the plenary session at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. G20 Argentina/Handout via Reuters

U.S. backs G20 statement, except on climate change

A senior White House official says a joint G-20 statement meets many U.S. objectives, most importantly reforming the World Trade Organization.

President Donald Trump and the other leaders signed the document at the end of a two-day summit of rich and developing nations held in Argentina.

The U.S. supported the language on the WTO but did not sign on to a commitment to support the Paris Climate Accord, which Trump is exiting.

All the other countries agreed to support the statement.

The White House official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, also noted language on workforce development and women’s economic development and said China committed to doing infrastructure financing on “transparent terms.”

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