James Mattis: Trump 'Wide Open' on Paris Climate Accord

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2017

Mr Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, came under concerted pressure from the other leaders to honour the 2015 Paris Agreement on curbing carbon emissions.

"Europe, Canada and Japan stood up today and made a stand, revealing again how far Trump is out of step with the rest of the world on climate change", Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace's global executive director, said in Sicily.

President Trump announced on Twitter he will delay a decision on whether the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accords until next week, a move that led leaders of Group of Seven (G7) countries to declare the U.S.is "not in a position to join the consensus" around the agreement.

Climate was among the most disputed issues separating Trump from other leaders at the two-day meeting on the Sicilian coast.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very unsatisfying", announced German chancellor Angela Merkel, clearly frustrated with Trump's indecision during the talks.

Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to give a sort of season-finale tone to the crucial decision: "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!"

The official, who has not been named, said that the United States should be "out front" when it comes the Paris Agreement.

Members of his administration are deadlocked about whether the US should uphold the agreement.

In an interview scheduled to be broadcast on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, meanwhile, defense secretary James Mattis said the White House had "obviously got a discussion going on about our policy in this regard".

"His views are evolving, and he came here to learn", Cohn said.

Other G7 leaders are concerned the USA president might promote a protectionist agenda. "President Trump should now return to Washington and make the right decision, take climate change seriously and take action with the rest of the world". "His basis for decision ultimately will be what's best for the United States". Throughout the campaign, Trump had pledged to withdraw from the pact.

In analyzing Trump's apparent decision to pull out of the agreement, Axios noted, "It also sends a stark and combative signal to the rest of the world that working with other nations on climate change isn't a priority to the Trump administration".

In a tweet after his plane left for the US Trump said he had had "great meetings on everything, especially on trade", highlighting the part of the communique which called "for the removal of all trade-distorting practices".

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