Trump adviser tells foreign officials no change on Paris climate deal

'Paris agreement should not be renegotiated': Talks with environment leaders underway in Montreal

Paul Ryan and climate denier/EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt called it a "bad deal" for the United States, and Trump denounced it as unfair to USA workers, saying that the Paris Agreement "hamstrings the United States while empowering some of the world's top polluting countries".

U.S. President Donald Trump on June 1 announced his decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement, citing concerns about the accord's threat to the U.S. economy as a main reason for the withdrawal. Under the deal's terms, Trump can not formally withdraw until November 2020.

MIguel Arias Canete, the European Union's commissioner for climate action, said that the U.S.

Trump said he was open to negotiating different terms for re-entering the pact - a proposal that leaders from France, Italy and Germany immediately shut down.

"We will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair".

Cohn, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, had said a complete withdrawal would harm U.S. negotiating power on climate issues, adding that a seat at the table was necessary to advance American interests on the issue.

Nevertheless, she noted that the Paris agreement "continues to be implemented by all other countries, and in fact even is being accelerated by some countries".




Tillerson said the administration wanted to remain "productive" and "helpful" with the other nations in the climate deal, and he did not say definitively that Trump still intends to withdraw the USA from the accord.

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, took to ABC News on Sunday to stress that the internationally agreed to criteria are a bad deal.

The United States produces the world's second-highest level of greenhouse gas emissions, next to China. "In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord", he said.

Gary Cohen, Trump's top economic advisor, is expected to pass along the same message in Montreal during an informal breakfast to discuss worldwide energy and climate change, according to the official. The White House denied there was any change in Trump's views, and other diplomats in the meeting said the comments were misinterpreted.

"We've taken note of President Trump's statements to not respect it, but for the moment no acts have been put into force and we have to hope that we can convince him to change his mind", Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in NY. Trump maintained the pact would undermine the US economy and national sovereignty and his decision drew anger and condemnation from world leaders. "The projections now indicate that the United States will meet the commitments made at Paris whether it is affirmed by the federal government or not".

Tillerson also said that Trump's economic adviser, Gary Cohn, was looking after this issue.

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