June 19, 2018

Donald Trump administration reportedly wants to return to Paris Climate Accord

17 September 2017, 01:21 | Devin Moran

By Joshua S Hill

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In what will likely come as upsetting news to numerous "Mother of All Rallies" attendees in Washington D.C., President Donald Trump's administration has reportedly decided not to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Trump announced in June that he would not renegotiate the Paris agreement - effectively pulling the US out of it, much to the chagrin of many in the USA and worldwide - during a Montreal meeting led by leaders from Canada, China and the European Union.

At the time, it was seen as another abrogation of the United States' preeminent role as a global leader. In June, Trump announced he would leave the agreement, saying he was doing so because "I am fighting every day for the people of this country".

The Wall Street Journal reports that senior administration officials now plan to "renegotiate".

Trump administration officials have reportedly said the us won't pull out of the Paris Agreement after all, according to a report published Saturday by The Wall Street Journal, citing statements from the European Union's top energy official.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated that sentiment.

President Trump previously had said he would be open to "renegotiations" or crafting a new deal completely.

China's special representative to the talks, Xie Zhenhua, said Beijing considers the Montreal Protocol to be a "very effective and efficient" example of multilateral action on the environment - largely because it rested on a broad consensus.

If true, this would mark yet another reversal of a Trump campaign promise, one of the most controversial.

Even if the US remained, the Trump administration would not have had to do anything if they didn't want to.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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