Trump Reportedly Told Close Associates U.S. Will Leave Paris Climate Agreement

Patrice Gainsbourg
Mai 31, 2017

While six of the seven parties renewed their commitment to the 2015 Paris accord on climate change, they voiced frustration at the U.S. president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

The US said it will make a decision next week.

Trump told leaders at the G7 group of nations in Italy on Saturday that he would make his decision over whether the United States continues to back the climate landmark agreement within the next week.

Trump, who once dismissed global warming as a "hoax", has previously threatened to pull out of the accord.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the climate talks "very unsatisfactory".

Axios reports that Trump has told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that he wants to remove the United States from the agreement.

Trump's traditional power dynamics were once again at play in a forceful arm-jerking handshake with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 - who hours earlier had gritted his teeth to deliver his own stiff handshake.

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Politico's Anthony Adragna noted that "e$3 ven if Trump decides to stay a part of the Paris agreement, he has made it abundantly clear that cutting greenhouse gas emissions will not be a priority for the federal government". Trump has said he would give world leaders the chance to make their case for the accord.

The communique issued on Saturday from the Taormina summit therefore represented a substantial break with tradition, with leaders admitting they had failed to reach a consensus with the new U.S. administration over the need to tackle climate change.

Though his stance on climate change is widely known, withdrawing from the deal is expected to have significant repercussions.

The careful wording, familiar to anyone who has tried to get Trudeau to speak frankly about anything to do with Trump, belies how reliant Canada is on a good relationship with the U.S.

The White House did not immediately respond to LTN's request for comment. It was a relief among the other countries that Trump agreed to the language in the final G7 communique that pledged to fight protectionism and commits to a rules-based worldwide trade system.

Former Obama administration officials have subtly pushed this idea in order to preserve the Paris agreement, which former President Barack Obama joined in 2016.

And according to Axios, he has told confidants he plans to leave the landmark worldwide agreement. But according to Axios' sources, Trump has already made his decision to ditch the pact, and that would definitely be consistent with his numerous past statements as one of the world's most notorious deniers of the consensus scientific conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of global climate change.

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