Macron to defend climate deal to Trump

Pauline Gross
May 12, 2017

The White House originally said that Trump hoped to decide by the meeting - held in Sicily in late May - whether to pull the United States from the landmark climate pact. A meeting of his advisers that had been scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to scheduling conflicts, a White House Official said.

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron used his first phone call with US President Trump to reiterate his intention to defend the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The President's influential daughter, Ivanka Trump, who is the Assistant to the President, Defence Secretary James Mattis and former Exxon boss Rex Tillerson, now Secretary of State, are all believed to be in favour of the USA remaining a signatory.

President Donald Trump is delaying a decision on whether to withdraw from a landmark climate deal until after an global summit later this month.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the director of the Religious Action Center - the Reform movement's political action wing - cited Jewish tradition in expressing support of the Paris Agreement. Trump's Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt, told Fox News in March that the Paris deal was a "bad business deal for America".

Trump is now considering whether or not to pull the United States out of the worldwide climate change agreement with an announcement expected within days.

Now, after months of uncertainty, he appears to be edging towards a decision on whether to honour the landmark 2015 agreement to limit global warming.

Donald Trump, while he did once tweet that global warming was a Chinese conspiracy, has largely avoided extended discussions on the subject.

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"It is definitely the elephant in the room", a member of one national delegation told AFP on Tuesday.

Even reducing the United States carbon reduction targets would be preferable to withdrawing altogether, said Todd Stern, the lead U.S. negotiator on the Paris agreement during the Obama administration.

It could also have a negative impact on Trump's careful diplomacy with China, which the White House wants on-side to tackle North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

A senior administration official said the president's inclination has been to leave the pact, but Ivanka Trump set up a review process to make sure he received information from experts in the public and private sector before a making a decision.

Fiji, which holds the presidency of the upcoming climate summit, said it was important to press ahead with the talks.

The Paris agreement is an worldwide accord entered into by more than 100 developing countries pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Meanwhile, Trump aides are openly airing their differences on the issue and a final decision on the USA stance is expected soon.

Other reports by GizPress

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