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White House says Trump expected to pull US from Paris deal

Theresa Hayes | 01 June, 2017, 02:31

Two senior US officials told CNN on Wednesday that Trump has made a decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, a landmark 2015 agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions signed by almost every nation in the world.

What is not yet clear is whether Mr. Trump plans to initiate a formal withdrawal from the Paris accord, which under the terms of the agreement could take three years, or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty on which the accord was based. G-7 leaders were unable to reach unanimous agreement on climate change after Mr. Trump said he needed more time to decide whether to back a key climate accord.

Trump refused to endorse the agreement during a meeting this weekend at the G7 summit with other world leaders.

Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax", Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global accord.

President Donald Trump has told aides he intends to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, throwing into doubt a landmark treaty that scientists have said is vital to combating global warming. "He didn't want to do anything to put the U.S.at a disadvantage", Cohn said.

The White House did not confirm the reports, while Trump restated that his decision would be announced this week.

The White House was initially slated to make a final decision on the climate accord earlier this month, but delayed the decision until the G7 meeting in Sicily.

Trump himself tweeted that "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

Finland's prime minister, Juha Sipila, told parliament on Wednesday that if the United States withdraws from the Paris climate deal, it would be a major reversal.

But Ivanka Trump, the President's top aide and daughter, pressed aides to look at the full picture when considering what withdrawal could mean.

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"President Trump's foolish decision means America is joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only three nations in the world not part of the race to head off one of the most risky threats the planet has faced", said Cook.

A dozen large groups including the oil major BP, agrochemical giant DuPont, Google, Intel and Microsoft, have urged Trump to remain part of the deal.

Trump's expected decision to withdraw was likely to raise further questions about U.S. credibility overseas.

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But there may be "caveats in the language" that Mr. Trump uses to announce the withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final, according to the official, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.

Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, was said to be neutral on the deal, and concerned about the legal ramifications of reducing United States carbon reduction commitments below what Obama pledged.

The move will likely infuriate America's allies and undermine global efforts to combat climate change.

And leaders from coal-producing states have pressed Trump to uphold his vows to cancel U.S. commitments to Paris.

This story corrects the geography of countries in the 10:30 a.m. item to northern European, not Scandinavian.