Trump delays decision on withdrawing from Paris climate accord

Trump delays decision on withdrawing from Paris climate accord

Trump delays decision on withdrawing from Paris climate accord

Trump will "not be making an announcement regarding that agreement until after he returns from the G7", said White House spokesman Sean Spicer Tuesday, referring to a meeting in Sicily that ends May 27.

"President Trump emphasized his desire to work closely with President-elect Macron in confronting shared challenges, and noted the long and robust history of cooperation between the United States and its oldest ally, France", the statement said.

Spicer's announcement came the same day that a team of top administration officials postponed deliberations on whether to recommend that the USA stay in the pact or exit it, which Trump promised to do during last year's presidential campaign.

The postponement also allows more time for top administration officials to hash out the potential benefits and legal risks of remaining in the global carbon-cutting pact reached among almost 200 nations in December 2015.

Macron won a landslide victory against nationalist Marine Le Pen in Sunday's election, and promised to reform the country's labor laws and double-down on promises to fight global warming.

The core of the Paris deal was an agreement between Xi and then U.S. president Barack Obama.

As uncertainty mounted over the hard-fought pact's future under US President Donald Trump, China's leader Xi Jinping vowed to protect it. But Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has said the Paris pact "is a bad deal for America" that will cost jobs.

President Donald Trump previously indicated that he intends to yank the US out of the agreement, though his top advisors are reportedly divided on whether that is a good idea politically, environmentally and economically. A person familiar with Kushner's thinking said the top adviser was initially surprised at the complexity of the legal language contained within the Paris accord, and has pressed the administration's legal minds for a better explanation of the agreement's various clauses.

The White House originally said that Trump hoped to decide by the meeting - held in Sicily in late May - whether to pull the USA from the landmark climate pact.

Notably, Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the President, has reportedly wanted to take the lead on climate change, an unnamed source told Politico.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, formerly chief of oil giant ExxonMobil, supports staying in the accord, but Scott Pruitt, administrator of the country's Environmental Protection Agency, says it "is a bad deal for America" that will cost some USA workers their jobs. "Withdrawing from the agreement will limit our access to them and could expose us to retaliatory measures".

United States former President Barack Obama talks during the "Seeds&Chips - Global Food Innovation" summit, in Milan, May 9, 2017.

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