President Trump Plans to Exit the Paris Accord on Climate Change

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The dramatic announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily wrapped up in deadlock on the issue, with United States partners voicing frustration at the president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming. Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to give a sort of season-finale tone to the crucial decision: "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!"

The president has previously suggested he believes climate change is a hoax, tweeting in 2012: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G7 talks on climate had been "extremely problematic."

The uncertainty over his position on the Paris agreement puts him at odds with other members of the G7.

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"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", she told reporters.

While the White House's attack on domestic climate action already undermines the global effort to avert climate catastrophe, we shouldn't discount the importance of a USA withdrawal from Paris - especially if Trump teams with Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine the whole global negotiating process.

A Canadian government official, who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity, said the Liberal government believes that Trump, who once dismissed global warming as a Chinese hoax, is evolving in his views on climate change.

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, who is seen as an emerging Trudeau ally, ended up having similarly warm words for Trump.

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The White House did not immediately respond, but Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks said, "I think his tweet was clear". The seventh [state] says that it is actually "reviewing, ' which is reflected also in the communique".

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States", Mr. Trump said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is among those advocating for the stay with the deal, said this past week that Trump wouldn't decide on the issue until he returns to the U.S. The delay provided opportunity for G-7 leaders and Pope Francis to press Trump to honor the U.S.'s environmental commitments.

Abandoning the Paris agreement would carry a high political cost internationally, with Europe, Canada, China and Japan all strongly committed to the deal. It shows that the climate change discussion - and action - will continue on a global scale, even without Trump's participation.

"Trump's attempts to derail global climate action won't make America great, it will only make America late".

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