President Donald Trump Still Won't Commit To The Paris Agreement

  • President Donald Trump Still Won't Commit To The Paris Agreement

President Donald Trump Still Won't Commit To The Paris Agreement

After a conference in Sicily over the weekend, Trump refused to join other leaders in committing to the Paris climate change accord.

The rift is one of several emerging disagreements between Trump and other world leaders. "The sheer size of the United States economy means it is, inevitably, a critical player in the global task of reducing carbon emissions", he wrote.

Mattis, however, said the USA position on climate change is "not inside my portfolio".

Trump reportedly told his confidants that he would withdraw the United States from the climate accord. Leaders of the other G7 nations - Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan - issued a communique confirming their support for the climate deal, which was reached with contributions from Barack Obama in 2015 and signed the following year.

The comments from Mattis, in an interview aired today, come after Trump tweeted yesterday that he would take a decision "next week" on whether to stick to or renege on the climate agreement.

Senate Democrats have been urging the president to keep the the agreement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on the Italian island "the entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very unsatisfying", while Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, said: "I hope they [the US] decide in the right way".

Greenpeace regretted the outcome but held out hope that Trump might change tack. Trump called it a "tremendously productive meeting". In preparations for the Trump-Macron lunch in Brussels, the White House team told its French counterpart to limit the meal to no more than an hour and 15 minutes.

Spicer said Trump met Tuesday with Pruitt - who has called the Paris pact a "bad business deal" for the USA - to discuss the matter, and an announcement will be made "shortly".

"We believe that it would be important for the USA not to leave the Paris agreement", Guterres said in response to a question following his address at New York University. Trump has a long and vocal history of denying global warming and has repeatedly claimed it is a hoax.

Trump told Macron he is under "heavy" pressure back in the USA on the climate accord brokered by the Obama administration in 2015.

"My sense is the climate train has left the station around the world and even in the United States - particularly at the state level - there's an very bad lot going on", Robertson said.