WASHINGTON — During a photo op with the leader of Vietnam Wednesday, President Trump was asked if he is going to pull out of the.
“You’re going to find out very soon,” Mr. Trump said.
He seemed to suggest he still hasn’t made up his mind.
“I’m hearing from a lot of people, both ways,” he said.
But CBS News confirms that the presidenthe will withdraw from the agreement. Reports to that effect ricocheted around the globe, drawing criticism from world leaders.
The prime minister of India said it would be a “crime” to spoil the environment for future generations.
Finland’s prime minister said climate change won’t be reversed “by closing your eyes.”
In Berlin, the head of the European Commission lectured Mr. Trump that “not everything in international agreements is fake news.”
Only two nations — Syria and Nicaragua — oppose the climate accord.
During the campaign, Mr. Trump dismissed the scientific consensus that rising temperatures are caused primarily by fossil fuels like coal and oil.
But even most major American businesses — from Exxon to Apple — support the agreement.
Brian Deese, who was President Obama’s point person on the Paris accord, says it’s not just about the environment — it’s about the economy.
“Across the globe we have a competition for who’s going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century and who is going to gain the economic benefits from doing that,” Deese said. “But we can’t win if we step off the playing field and disengage all together.”
There is still some uncertainty about the president’s decision. Sources say the president has discussed the possibility of renegotiating the agreement, but it’s not clear that the rest of the world would go along.