Trump Reportedly Told Close Associates U.S. Will Leave Paris Climate Agreement

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Trump met with world leaders this week at the G7 Summit in Sicily where many set out to lobby the USA president over staying committed to the climate agreement.

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President Donald Trump on Saturday said he would take another week to decide whether the United States would abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.

Trump wasn't swayed by arguments from Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, France's President Emmanuel Macron and others to honor the Paris agreement, agreed upon in 2015 by nearly 200 nations to cut fossil fuel emissions and boost funding to ease the effects of global warming.

He has also expressed doubt about the causes of climate change, saying it is a "hoax" made up by China. And the president's stance against climate change as a science and as an worldwide issue is disturbing, to say the least.

Axios adds that it's possible Trump will impulsively change his mind, as he has done after telling people he would do something in the past, and also points out that all Trump's options for withdrawing from the deal would require as much as a year to carry through on, will allows for some additional uncertainty.

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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But Gary Cohn, Trump's economic adviser, on Friday said the president had told his G7 colleagues that he regarded the environment as important.

But since taking office, Trump has not moved to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement.

"He came here to learn", Cohn said at the summit. The president was warmly received on his opening stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, though he has come under more pressure in Europe, particularly over the Paris accord. "His basis for decision ultimately is going to be what's best for the United States".

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It aims to hold the increase in average global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with all the signatory states agreeing to reduce or limit their greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Interactive, a team of scientists and computer modelers who track global emissions and pledges, simulated global emissions if every country but the US reaches their individualized goals to curb carbon pollution.

Trump has at times seemed to downplay concerns over climate change. "There's a situation where it's six, if you count the European Union, seven, against one", she said.

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