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Report: Trump Tells Confidants He’s Pulling Out Of The Paris Climate Agreement

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President Donald Trump privately told several confidants that he will be pulling out of the Paris climate deal, three sources with direct knowledge told Axios.

The president refused Saturday to join his Group of 7 (G7) counterparts in a pledge to uphold the 195-nation Paris Agreement. Trump tweeted that he will make his decision next week, signaling that he has yet to officially make up his mind.


Pulling out of the Paris climate deal would unravel Obama-era climate change policies, and possibly the agreement itself. Dropping the agreement would also send a message to the world that climate change is not a pressing issue for the new administration.

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said earlier that if Trump is faced with a choice between growing the economy and fighting global warming, Trump will choose the economy.

“If it comes to a choice between measures to curtail global warming under the 2015 Paris climate accord and growing the U.S. economy, economic considerations would prevail,” Cohn told reporters on Air Force One Thursday.

Cohn, along with Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson favor the agreement, while Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt are against it. Pruitt was reportedly among those in which Trump confided that he intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Trump’s unwillingness to pledge support for the climate deal upset certain European partners, specifically Germany’s Chanellor Angela Merkel. “The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying,” she told reporters, “There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not.”

“His basis for decision ultimately is going to be what’s best for the United States,” Cohn said Saturday.

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  • maribel

    MORE UNNAMED SOURCES. SICK OF POOR JOURNALISM. IF TRUE it is another example of his puttng the needs of WORKING AMERICANS 1st. Like that!

  • msmispaidthugs

    Global warming…Climate Change…blah blah blah…if these so called tree huggers want to get on something WORTH fixing, why don’t they look into the MILLIONS & MILLIONS of unwanted cats and dogs born/euthanized/& thrown into our land fields because animals aren’t spade/nutered!!??? THAT would be a worthwhile HONEST & LEGITIMATE problem to work on fixing!!! Oh wait, but that doesn’t line the pockets of these crooked political criminals does it…

  • Kim Graves

    Now dc spreads fake news

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