Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

President Trump won't withdraw from Paris climate deal

President Trump won't withdraw from Paris climate deal

The Wall Street Journal reports that senior administration officials now plan to "renegotiate".

The Trump administration may not remove the United States from the Paris Agreement, a historic and vital 195 nation accord to reduce unsafe greenhouse gases.

After proudly proclaiming to the world that he represents the people of "Pittsburgh, not Paris" earlier this June, President Donald Trump is choosing to renege on this promise and re-enter the worldwide climate change deal.

The U.S. government has not changed its position on withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the White House said on Saturday. "As the President has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms more favorable to our country", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Business Insider in a statement.

"In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord", Mr. Trump said.

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Officials from Canada, China and the European Union have been accelerating their efforts to minimize the fallout from a potential US withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

Abandoning the accord was one of President Donald Trump's principal campaign pledges. This can be interpreted as nothing but a knife in the back to all of the people who sacrificed their blood, sweat and tears to put Trump in the White House.

At the time, it was seen as another abrogation of the United States' preeminent role as a global leader.

"A few weeks later, French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that Trump might be open to reversing his decision, saying, "[Trump] told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months".

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