Monday, 17 December, 2018

Top GOP Officials Offer Mixed Messages On Future Of Paris Climate Deal

Francis Olson | 29 May, 2017, 04:23

The assessment echoed National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, who said Friday that Trump's views were "evolving".

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

Should Trump leave the pact, the USA would be the first country to exit, which would also be the second time that America has signed onto a global climate deal under a Democratic president only to walk away from the same agreement under a Republican predecessor, as President George W. Bush ultimately reneged on the Kyoto Protocol agreed to by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

The hot-button issues of climate change, trade and migration threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies off its consensus game, with U.S. President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief.

"What you're asking me to do is tell you what's inside the president's mind, and I'm not qualified to do that", a seemingly frustrated Cohn told reporters.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham speaks during the hearing on May 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, he called for Russian Federation to be punished for its involvement in the 2016 presidential election in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

Cannes Palme d'Or goes to Ruben Ostlund's "The Square"
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While at the G7 summit, Trump was heavily lobbied to endorse the Paris Climate Agreement, but he declined to do so.

European leaders have used the president's time overseas as a last-ditch effort to persuade Mr. Trump to stay in the climate accord, which was adopted by almost 200 nations in 2015.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", she told reporters. "So he didn't want anyone to think he doesn't care about the environment", he added.

Then US President Donald Trump appears in the frame.

Mr. Trump has always been a critic of climate change. But he already told confidants he plans to pull out of the historic accord, Axios reported Saturday night, making the United States one of just three countries to reject the global pact to reduce the planet-warming gas emissions.

During the meeting, representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris agreement, with the exception of the United States.

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