Official says President Trump expected to pull US from Paris climate deal

Last week, more than 20 Republican senators, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, sent a letter to Trump asking him to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.

This comes after Trump, who promised to pull the U.S. out of the deal during his presidential campaign, tweeted that he would be "announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days", adding: "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

In those conversations, McKenna said she's also highlighted that 90 per cent of the accord remains to be negotiated and it's better to be at the table. She said an announcement would be coming in the next few days and that staff did not want to get ahead of the president's decision.

President Donald Trump is expected to pull this country out of the landmark global climate agreement, various political pundits are reporting, though The New York Times reported Trump was vacillating in reax to arguments by big businesses to stay in.

Leaving the deal would fulfil a central campaign pledge, but would anger global allies who spent years in hard negotiations that produced an accord to reduce carbon emissions.

"They're going to make their own decision, but we all need to be moving forward".

Following the news, the United Nations tweeted from its official account, quoting from a speech by Secretary General Antonio Guterres: "Climate change is undeniable". Climate change is unstoppable.

The United States is the world's second-biggest carbon dioxide emitter behind China.

Nancy Pelosi, opposition leader in the House of Representatives, said the decision would be a "stunning abdication of American leadership" and "a threat to the planet". Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies in rejecting action to combat climate change.

The United States is set to join Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Almost 200 nations, including the United States under President Barack Obama's administration, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. "Climate change presents both business risks and business opportunities".

The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.

France's ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, said on Twitter that the Paris agreement "doesn't infringe on USA sovereignty" and noted that major American corporations had supported the deal. Instead, it's catalyzed support for the deal.

Trump is planning to pull the USA out of the Paris climate deal, the news website Axios reported early Wednesday. Like his boss, the agency head has questioned the consensus of climate scientists that the Earth is warming and that man-made emissions are to blame.

Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling US coal mines. Trump's push to roll back the Clean Power Plan, for instance, could prompt electricity generators to burn more coal.

Mr. Trump had initially delayed his decision on whether or not to withdraw during his first foreign trip overseas, where he met with other G-7 leaders.

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