Axios: Trump tells 'confidants' United States will leave Paris climate deal

Elizabeth Williams
May 31, 2017

Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax", promised during his presidential campaign to pull the USA out of the deal.

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

The decision will put the United States in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Turnbull had said: "When Australia makes a commitment to a global agreement, we follow through and that is exactly what we are doing".

The Times, on one hand, believed that Trump's was "out of step" with his fellow leaders and, on the same day, Trump took to Twitter to state that he did not come to decision on whether the U.S. would remain in the Paris climate agreement.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday only that an announcement on the decision could come soon. Like climate science itself, which Trump has dismissed as a "hoax", the pact has overwhelming support.

In 2012 he tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive".

It comes as Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila told parliament on Wednesday such a move would be a "big setback".

Trump said he would "cancel" the deal on the campaign trial and his campaign's energy plan included a pledge to "cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of United States tax dollars to United Nations global warming programs".

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres speaks in 2015 during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

"The next five years are a watershed moment for our climate". United States showed the highest degree of doubt, with only 54 percent agreeing that humans are responsible for the changing climate.

A United States source, who asked to be kept anonymous, blasted Mr Trump earlier this week for showboating over his decision. Trump has been weighing the decision for some time, but has long signaled a preference for backing out of the landmark accord.

"When you disagree with someone, you try to convince that person, no?" he said. He said he will take a decision on the Paris climate agreement this week.

The accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015, aims to limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

He said pulling out of the agreement, which was heralded as the most important global decision on climate change, would be "an abdication of American leadership".

However even after the agreement was signed Mr Obama warned it was too little, too late. "Get on board or get left behind", he said.

The Agreement called on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.

Other reports by VgToday

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER