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Trump 'wide open' on whether to support Paris climate accord

29 May 2017

A report from the Axios news outlet, however, cited "three sources with direct knowledge" as saying Trump had told confidants including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, that he plans to pull the USA out of the deal.

Paul Cook from Tearfund added: "This is a disappointing statement on climate change that does not go far enough in outlining how the G7 plans to meet the agreement to keep global warming well below 2°C made in Paris to tackle climate change". He had previously threatened to pull out.

The White House did not immediately respond to media requests for comment. The U.S., however, which was part of the accord originally, did not signal renewed support for the agreement.

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It was unclear whether those meetings would still take place.

He tweeted Saturday morning that he had not yet reached a decision on whether the US will remain a party to the agreement, which is meant to fight the global effects of climate change.

A final communique released at the summit in Sicily said the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan had voiced a "strong commitment"; however, the United States was "not in a position to join the consensus on these topics".

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The G7 summit declaration did not reveal any renegotiated terms, or the U.S.'s departure from the agreement.

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The Paris deal is the world's first comprehensive climate agreement, set out in 2015, with the aim of keeping the global average rise in temperatures below 2C.

Barack Obama signed the USA up in September 2016, and members of the G7 are keen for the USA to continue to back it, not least because the country is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gasses after China.

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Trump 'wide open' on whether to support Paris climate accord