President Trump is likely to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a move that would fulfill a key campaign promise and upend a signature achievement of his predecessor, administration officials told ABC News.
Although the officials caution no decision is final until the president officially announces it, the White House is now working on how to roll out the announcement and explain the reasons behind Trump’s decision.
The president is also facing intense eleventh-hour lobbying from both inside and outside the administration to keep the United States as part of the accord. At the center of it: Gary Cohn, the president’s chief economic adviser – and a Democrat – who supports staying in.
White House sources characterize Trump as about 95 percent decided on pulling out of the deal, and one source says the motivation behind today’s leak to Axios, which first reported the president was definitely backing out of the Paris accord, may be to force the president into making a decision on this once and for all.
On Twitter, Trump teased the announcement of his decision as imminent this week.
I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
If Trump decides to withdraw the United States from the global climate accord, it would be seen as a win for chief strategist Steve Bannon and those aligned with him who have urged the president to pull out of the landmark agreement. But it would also be seen as a loss for Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who reportedly back in February pushed the president to remove language critical of the Paris accord from an executive order related to environmental issues.
Though he regularly criticized the climate deal on the campaign trail, Trump has been mulling a decision on whether to withdraw or remain in the Paris climate deal for some time.
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