President Barack Obama says G-7 leaders are focused on the need to accelerate economic growth. Obama is speaking to reporters after the first day of meetings. He says that the leaders of the G-7 nations are intent on using all of the tools at their disposal to put people back to work and to lift wages. Obama says there are signs the economy is improving in Europe as it has gotten past the Greek debt crisis.He says the leaders are also focused on advancing free trade agreements and “pushing back against protectionism.”
Obama says the leaders also touch on key security issues, particularly in the South China Sea and Ukraine. In Ukraine, there has been progress with negotiations, but there has still been too much violence.