Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Leaving Paris accord will harm USA global influence — United Nations leader

On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support the Paris climate deal next week.

Axios reports that Trump has told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that he wants to remove the United States from the agreement. Pruitt has been a vocal proponent of withdrawing from the accord. Headlines all week have been providing a counterpoint to the White House version of meetings. Leaders in Europe have already hinted at retaliation should the United States withdraw from the Paris Agreement, including a carbon tax on U.S. imports.

But there are virtually no signs he plans to remain in the agreement as it now stands.

"It is better for USA to withdraw from the Paris Accord completely rather than remain and undermine it from within".

However Trump's position appeared to be addressed by new language in the final G-& accord that said the member countries would be "standing firm against all unfair trade practices".

The UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres has warned United States that quitting the Paris climate agreement could threaten the country's economic, security and societal status. "A lot of people in my country are against this agreement", Trump allegedly said.

Other European media outlets focused their attention on the shove President Trump gave Montenegro's prime minister, Dusko Markovic, in order to position himself to the front for a group photo-opportunity of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders.

"He did not make a decision not to say it".

A small victory was to see Trump abstain from asking for sanctions on Russian Federation, due to its annexation of Crimea, to be lifted. But a French official, speaking anonymously to describe the two men's conversation, indicted Trump offered few signs he was ready to remain in the Paris agreement.

Ms Kemba says the success of the agreement will depend entirely on how other countries respond to a potential U.S. withdrawal.

Leaders had had a "controversial" debate on climate change on Friday, Merkel told reporters. He said other major countries such as China and India are being held to much more lenient standards that the United States.

Trump's decision this week will come after months of pressuring from competing interests.

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Expanding teams of lawyers and experienced public relations hands are being recruited to deal with the drumbeat of new revelations about Moscow's interference and possible improper dealings with the Trump campaign and associates.

In signing the accord, almost 200 countries committed to slashing carbon emissions in an effort to prevent global temperatures from spiraling to the 2 degrees Celsius mark.

"Having the United States remain under the Paris Agreement would reveal the weaknesses of the agreement, prevent new opportunities from emerging, and gift greater leverage to a recalcitrant administration".

Tillerson's former employer Exxon Mobil, along with dozens of other USA firms, have also been proponents of remaining in the agreement.

Even some Republicans in Congress have argued for remaining part of the agreement. Sen.

Earlier this week, Cohn said the president's views on climate were "evolving" after meeting with other world leaders, but Cohn didn't clarify what he meant by that.

Trump's top aides were divided on the issue; some advocated withdrawal, others urged him to stay.

Ted Cruz represents Texas in the United States Senate.

Gutteres never mentioned the American leader by name in his speech at New York University's Stern School of Business, his first major address on climate change since taking the reins of the United Nations on January 1.

Trump has called climate change a "hoax" and blasted the Paris agreement as a "bad deal".

"I can't keep out of my mind the thought that, if an American intelligence officer had done anything like this, we'd consider it espionage", former acting CIA director John McLaughlan said in one TV show.

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