White House meeting on Paris climate accord postponed

Geneva Matthews
May 10, 2017

Meanwhile, at a summit in Milan, Italy, focused on climate change and food availability, President Barack Obama defended the Paris agreement earlier Tuesday, saying the U.S. must show leadership and not "sit on the sidelines".

He said he trusted that "the good sense and pragmatic spirit of President Trump and his team" would prevail.

A senior administration official said the president's inclination has been to leave the pact, but Ivanka Trump set up a review process to make sure he received information from experts in the public and private sector before a making a decision.

Instead, he will wait until after the G7 to make a decision, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

While campaigning previous year, Trump called climate change a hoax perpetrated by China, and promised to cancel the deal if he won the presidency.

Tiffany & Co.'s message to the Donald Trump arrives as the president considers whether or not to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement-the first global, legally-binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the dangers of climate change worldwide.

Trump's inner circle has been tasked with providing the president, who has flirted with ditching the landmark agreement, with a range of policy options.

The President's influential daughter, Ivanka Trump, who is the Assistant to the President, Defence Secretary James Mattis and former Exxon boss Rex Tillerson, now Secretary of State, are all believed to be in favour of the USA remaining a signatory. But, like that larger meeting, the session between Ivanka Trump and Pruitt was postponed.

He made the promise in a phone call with incoming French President Emmanuel Macron, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

And a withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement could dampen any hopes that Trump's daughter would provide a moderating voice on environmental issues inside the West Wing.

Lawyers from the White House, State Department and Justice Department have all agreed that language doesn't allow countries to adjust their carbon reduction commitments downward - a move that would be required if the Trump administration hoped to remain in the deal while still removing the Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump has vowed to scrap.

Even reducing the United States carbon reduction targets would be preferable to withdrawing altogether, said Todd Stern, the lead U.S. negotiator on the Paris agreement during the Obama administration.

Speaking on Tuesday at a conference in Milan, Italy, Mr Obama said the USA and China had to "lead the way" in the fight against climate change.

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