Trump to withdraw US from Paris Agreement
Report by Melissa Quinn President Trump said Wednesday he would decide
as early as this week whether to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change
over the next few days, following reports that Trump has already decided to leave the
controversial agreement. “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris
Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” the president tweeted
Wednesday morning. Trump’s statement on Twitter came just hours
after two officials with knowledge of the decision told Axios that a team of officials,
including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, are deciding how best to withdraw from the
Paris climate agreement. Options including leaving the agreement fully,
a process that could take three years, or leaving the underlying United Nations climate
change treaty, which would be more immediate. Trump promised to leave the Paris Agreement
during the campaign. Former President Barack Obama entered the
U.S. into the accord last year. Congressional Republicans opposed the climate
deal, and 22 Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, sent Trump
a letter urging him to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Trump said during his first foreign trip he
would make a decision on the climate deal this week.