Trump to make decision on Paris climate pact after G7 summit

Marsha Scott
May 10, 2017

In a string of heated West Wing gatherings, aides have aired deep differences over the climate agreement, which President Barack Obama's administration brokered and which every nation except Syria and Nicaragua has signed onto.

President Donald Trump delayed a decision to honor or walk away from the Paris climate accord until he returns from Europe late this month, leaving global partners in limbo Tuesday.

UN climate negotiators in Bonn were left frustrated Tuesday as the White House postponed a meeting to determine whether the U.S. will stay in the 196-nation Paris Agreement to curb planet-harming fossil fuel. But it was postponed.

"The president wants to make sure he has an opportunity to continue to meet with his team to create the best strategy for this country going forward", said Spicer.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. It's the second time a meeting to discuss the landmark climate agreement has been shelved.

Trump vowed during his presidential campaign to "cancel" United States participation in the accord, which obliges countries to slash their greenhouse gas emissions to keep global temperatures from rising to catastrophic levels. His top officials have appeared divided about what to do about the deal, under which the United States pledged to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon emissions in the coming decade.

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That means the president will head to the G7 summit in Italy at the end of May amid continued global uncertainty over whether the United States will remain in the emissions-cutting deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration.

Leading up to the expected Tuesday meeting, a number of high-profile businesses spoke out in favour of remaining in the deal.

Xi meanwhile pledged to protect the accord during a phone call with French President-elect Emmanuel Macron. His top officials have appeared divided about what to do about the deal, under which the USA pledged to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon emissions in the coming decade.

That meeting was postponed at the last minute because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not be there. The iconic jeweler posted an open letter on its social media accounts on Tuesday morning, warning POTUS about the dangers of climate change and asking him to keep America involved in the Paris Climate Agreement.

The United States and China have to lead the way in the fight against climate change, former U.S. president Barack Obama said today.

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