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President Trump Reneges Paris Agreement Withdrawal

President Trump Reneges Paris Agreement Withdrawal

Trump administration officials said Saturday the USA wouldn't pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the global deal to fight climate change, according to the European Union's top energy official.

But the White House promptly issued a denial.

Whether or not Trump administration stays in the climate accord, the USA is expected to significantly reduce its ambition to curb greenhouse-gas emissions - in line with Trump's goal of clinching "fairer terms" in the deal, the Journal reported.

However, a White House spokeswoman denied the reports.

After a whirlwind of rumors in late May, Trump officially announced on June 1st that he would be withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Front page of the New York Daily News for June 2, 2017: President Donald Trump announced Thursday he's pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord, dealing a blow to worldwide hopes of fighting climate change and potentially seriously damaging America's diplomatic standing around the world.

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"A few weeks later, French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that Trump might be open to reversing his decision, saying, "[Trump] told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months".

The Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015.

Trump announced on June 1 that he would pull the USA out of the landmark agreement, as he had promised during his presidential campaign.

"We continue to make the case that, like the United States, we want to create jobs, we want to create economic growth and there's a $30-trillion opportunity when it comes to clean growth and climate action", she said.

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