White House denies report that U.S. is staying in Paris climate agreement

Frederick Owens
September 17, 2017

In a surprising about-face, the Trump administration has decided against pulling out of the Paris climate accord, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal attributed to a European Union official.

According to the EU's top energy official, the US has said it will "not renegotiate the Paris Accord", but will instead review its terms, the Wall Street Journal said.

While the Trump administration officially announced in August that it plans to pull out of the agreement, there are representatives from the U.S.at the meeting in Montreal this weekend.

The White House on Saturday denied reports that the Trump administration is no longer seeking to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.

He said there would be a meeting on the sidelines of next week's UN General Assembly with American representatives "to assess what is the real United States position", but noted "it's a message which is quite different to the one we heard from President Trump in the past".

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President Donald Trump in early June said the United States would exit the accord because other countries were, "gaining a financial advantage over the United States".

Trump administration officials have reportedly said the US won't pull out of the Paris Agreement after all, according to a report published Saturday by The Wall Street Journal, citing statements from the European Union's top energy official.

President Donald Trump's alleged decision to shift course came during a meeting of more than 30 ministers from Canada, China and the European Union in Montreal.

"It's clear that we need to be taking a leadership role in climate change", said McKenna.

Withdrawing was one of Trump's key promises during his presidential campaign. Months later, the US and China jointly said they would sign off on the deal. "The United States can do whatever it wants either way".

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