Trump plan on Paris climate deal unclear after G7 pressure

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2017

A joint statement from all seven countries at the summit's conclusion acknowledged that the United States "is in process of reviewing its policies on climate change", while reaffirming the other G-7 members' commitment to addressing global warming.

"There is one open question, which is the USA position on the Paris climate accords", Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said at the Group of Seven summit in Italy on Friday.

While Trump was returning to the U.S., the political news website Axios reported that he had said he plans to pull the USA out of the deal.

Donald Trump's intentions regarding U.S. participation in the Paris climate deal remained unknown on Sunday, as one report cited "confidants" saying the president had made up his mind to pull out while a senior cabinet minister said he was "quite certain the president is wide open on this issue".

US President Donald Trump has said he will decide whether to pull out of a key climate change deal this week. "If he does withdraw, that would be a definitive statement by the president that he believes climate change is a hoax".

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!".

Trump, on the other hand, once called climate change a "hoax" invented by China to hurt USA manufacturing.

"There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not".

But Trump is said to be leaning toward a withdrawal from the deal, which was originally adopted under the Obama administration.

The group managed to agree on language setting goals for trade, but Trump was the lone holdout when it came to agreeing on policies to combat climate change. And to ensure that happens, countries have committed to reducing their carbon emissions.

In Brussels, Trump told French leader Emmanuel Macron that he is under "heavy" pressure regarding the climate deal, reports CNN.

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