Trump Withdraws US From Paris Climate Accord

By Kevin Liptak and Jim Acosta

WASHINGTON (CNN/CBS) — President Donald Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden Thursday that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, a major step that fulfills a campaign promise while sparking global outcry.

“Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” Trump said.

The president said that he will begin negotiations to re-enter the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction “with terms that are fair to the United States.”

Trump called the agreement “draconian.”

“This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the U.S.,” Trump said.

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Following Trump’s speech, Germany, Italy and France said in a joint statement that the accord will not be renegotiated.

The White House began informing members of Congress Thursday afternoon that Trump planned to pull out of the U.S. from the landmark agreement, according to a congressional source.

In talking points delivered to Trump’s allies, the White House characterized the Paris agreement as a job killer that placed undue burdens on American taxpayers.

“The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans, and the President’s action today is keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first,” the talking points read. “The accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama administration and signed out of desperation. It frontloads costs on the American people to the detriment of our economy.”

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were calling lawmakers, including House and Senate leaders, in the hours leading up to the announcement to get input on his climate decision, a Republican source said.

In triggering the official withdrawal process, Trump will spark a lengthy process that won’t conclude until November 2020 — the same month he’s up for re-election.

The president campaigned against the climate agreement as a candidate, and those close to him suggest he’s ready to fulfill those promises to remove the U.S. from the 195-country deal. The move would isolate the U.S. in a global effort to curb the warming of the planet, and leave an opening for countries like China to fill the leadership void.

The U.S. is now one of three countries that are not taking part in the deal. The other two are Syria and Nicaragua.

Pressure to remain in the Paris accord has been intense, however, including from some of Trump’s closest aides.

But a person familiar with Trump’s thinking said the president was convinced he needed to withdraw from the pact, and there was little chance of talking his out of it.

Trump, a former reality star himself, advertised the announcement in a tweet late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, he told reporters he was “hearing from a lot of people both ways.”

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On Thursday morning, senior administration officials would not reveal the precise mechanism the U.S. would utilize to execute the decision.

Trump would have several options, including triggering a years-long withdrawal process or taking the more drastic step of removing the U.S. from the United Nations climate treaty. He could also declare the Paris agreement a treaty that requires Senate approval, which isn’t likely to come from the Republican-controlled body.

Lawyers and other administration aides have planned a withdrawal announcement, but recognize Trump has changed his mind at the last minute previously on important decisions where outside forces are pressuring him to moderate his position.

As news emerged Wednesday that Trump planned to quit the Paris deal, business leaders and foreign heads-of-state began castigating the decision as a woeful abandonment of US leadership. Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, said he would resign from White House business councils if Trump followed through.

Apple CEO Tim Cook also urged Trump to reconsider.

Inside the West Wing, attempts to sway Trump’s thinking also continued apace. Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka, has worked to ensure her father heard pro-Paris voices over the last several months, and has continued to press for a decision short of a full withdrawal.

Ivanka Trump and her allies, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump’s chief economist Gary Cohn, have pressed Trump to alter the U.S. commitments to the Paris agreement without fully pulling out of the accord.

A Republican familiar with Trump’s decision-making said the expected announcement could include some attempts to satisfy his daughter’s point of view, but didn’t specify what that might include.

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But anti-Paris voices, led by chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, have appeared to won out. In conversations with his advisers, Trump has cited the affect a withdrawal would have on the states where he won by the largest margins, including in the Rust Belt and the western plains.

That’s a reflection of Trump’s “America First” governing policy, which he’s sought to bolster since taking office. Trump was pressured heavily by his foreign counterparts during last week’s G7 meetings in Sicily to remain in the deal, but his advisers say he felt little obligation to concede to that point of view.

On Wednesday, global figures began reiterating their own commitment to the Paris deal as Trump prepared to withdraw. Chinese premier Li Keqiang, visiting Germany, said his country would remain committed to combating climate change, despite US moves.

And European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared Europe was ready to act as a global climate leader in the US absence.

“The vacuum that would be created has to be filled, and Europe has aspirations for a natural leadership in this whole process,” he said in Berlin.

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Comments

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  1. Earl Lowery says:

    Good ! you can take your carbon credits & stick ’em where the sun don’t shine! 8)

  2. Europe especially Germany, France and Italy better be careful. They are in our debt as we footed the bill to rebuild there countries and man power after WW2. We also have a major Military facility in Germany to keep them safe. Push and we will remove out and give then a bill for reconstruction. We made them what we are today. Without Reagan Merkel would have no power than again she is a communist.

  3. Troy Dynes says:

    It is confirmed that President Trump’s decision to leave the treaty is good for the U.S. taxpayers given all of the fanatics that are spazzing.

  4. Mark Lemmon says:

    The most important voice in America is the majority that voted for Trumps agenda… Love it or leave it, snowflakes.

  5. Nice to see that, unlike the majority of our legislature, Trump has a pair and is determined to remain in compliance with his campaign promises.

    1. When the crumbs say “share the load” they mean “America must pay”. It’s “no negotiation”. This agreement isn’t about the environment. It’s about taking America down a notch.

  6. Next thing you know, President Trump will be announcing that he is empowering a broad based team of real scientists to investigate the truth about the entire CO emissions destroying the future of the planet scenario……

    ……..the minute he starts talking about an impartial investigation of actual factual data, there will be a deafening silence coming from the globalist elites who have conspired to hype this issue as a vehicle of engineering global governance.

    1. Great idea!!!! all this was is a global money laundering with US footing a HUGE chunk to help out poor countries. Charity begins at home.

  7. jmbreland says:

    No re-negotiations? Great! Makes it easy. They don’t want to re-negotiate because they know the U.S. won’t be steamrolled next time.

  8. Germany, Italy and France said in a joint statement that the accord will not be renegotiated. If that is their positions the United States doesn’t need to do anything at all. The Paris Accord is dead.

  9. No renegotiation? Then where will all that cash they were going to grab come from?

  10. Vox Veritas says:

    This bold President continues to exceed the expectations of his supporters and voters.

    Leftists?

    They should find a way to power the planet with their many sore loser tears.

  11. mikey0 says:

    China will be the new ‘leader’ against climate change? How? They pollute worse than any other nation on the planet. They aren’t about to curb THEIR economy. They owe too much to the bankers.

  12. Lulua Mahalo says:

    Hahaha…Trump already suckered these EU losers. We don’t really want to renegotiate anything concerning this bogus accord.

  13. Bret McCoy says:

    Well, I guess we will just have to move on – Making America Great!

  14. John Phelps says:

    So Germany, France and Italy are mad about Trump’s pullout. You think they’d be more worried about their nations being raped and plundered by the Muslim hoards but I guess not. They’re drank the Obama Koolaid and believe climate change to be the biggest threat facing civilization today. These countries deserve to die from stupidity.

  15. THE PARIS ACCORD IS A SOCIALISTIC PLOT TO BLEED US TAXPAYERS AND REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH TO POORER NATIONS,IN OTHER WORDS A COMMUNIST PLOT.

  16. Jim Parks says:

    “And European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared Europe was ready to act as a global climate leader in the US absence.”

    That’s Jean-Claude “When it’s becomes serious, you have to lie” Juncker. OK JC, you go ahead and take the lead. By the way, you still owe us for your NATO dues, pay up son.

  17. Jack Dorso says:

    “He could also declare the Paris agreement a treaty that requires Senate approval, which isn’t likely to come from the Republican-controlled body.”

    It wouldn’t have passed a Dem Senate either.

  18. Oh boo hoo. Go have a little tea party and cry. We’ll try to have our own little party. I hear Van Halen’s playing.

  19. How very Islamic of those countries….

  20. Mike Keller says:

    Great job President Trump, thank you for representing America. America first and we will great again!

  21. Jeremy Davis says:

    Why would we want to be party to a treaty that ties our hands more than any other country in the agreement?

  22. Of course the Europeans won’t renegotiate…they will never get a better deal than what Obummer negotiated….better for them, not us…it is just tooooo expensive for us.

  23. Bret McCoy says:

    LOL This is why you follow the rules. Remember that, if you guys ever get into power again…

  24. David Kachel says:

    Thank you Germany, Italy and France. We didn’t really want to renegotiate anything. Take your climate fraud and stick it up your… !

  25. snailmailtrucker says:

    President Trump was being generous to you Dumbazzez ….offering to negotiate.
    Your Loss Morons !

  26. Mike Herman says:

    If the Eurocrats really believe the planet is at stake, why refuse to negotiate?

  27. Brent Taylor says:

    No negotiation, hey? Oh shoot. Don’t hold your breath, weasels. Time for Euroweenies to start footing your part of the bill, or you crawl to Mecca for your troubles.

  28. Paul Trott says:

    The real LSD trip joke is – Obama just made a personal promise to the billionaires and his dictator friends that all Americans will pay through the nose. No law, legislation or legal treaty.
    All Trump did was say no.

  29. Great. 100 billion less taxpayer funds being robbed from us.

  30. Russ Crosby says:

    Carbon dioxide is plant food. It’s a good thing to combat pollutants like SO2 and the nitrous oxides among others, but plant food?????

  31. No More Globalist Grifters !!

    DNC’s illegal funding sources from overseas will shrink even more now that the Pay-for-Play pipeline is failing. Soros cannot feed all of the Marxist ISIS loving jackals of the Democratic Party.

    MAGA! Thanks, President Trump!!!

  32. Earl Lowery says:

    They don’t want to renegotiate? This is the best news I’ve heard all day ! #maga

  33. Good job Mr. President

  34. Annie Lee says:

    ‘I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris’: Trump to pull out of Paris climate agreement thank you Mr. President. who give a whiff what the EU says. Pay your NATO bills!

  35. Bobby Hill says:

    If they don’t want to renegotiate the Accord, then that’s fine. That just says they have no interest in being fair with the U.S.

  36. Mark Lemmon says:

    “Climate Change” is the mantra of the Globalist Elite. Once they tax you and interfere in your existence, you’re their slave forever…

  37. John Jupiter says:

    I hope All Liberals get so upset about this, that they commit SUICIDE !!!!

  38. John Mason says:

    Whew – good. I wonder when these peeps look around at who’s left in the accord and they start pointing fingers at each other, wondering who is going to pay now that the former biggest sap in the room has left.

    And, how many think the former eastern bloc countries are going to stay now. Trump getting the US out of that farce is just the first of many.

  39. Odins Eye says:

    This is a huge win for the United States. It is great loss if you happen to be a liberal socialist. They are the ones who cannot or choose not to recognize that this was nothing more than a massive wealth redistribution at the expense of working American taxpayers. To those on the left who want to leave the United States, especially those who said they would if Hillary lost the election, you might find yourselves welcome in Italy, Germany, and France. Or just maybe those countries will wake up and realize that liberal socialism and communism just don’t work.
    .
    Another step towards making America great again, courtesy of President Donald Trump.

  40. I get the feeling this was the response Trump was looking for.

  41. It’s horrible! It’s a sad day. All of the liberals are going to die of global warming. What will normal people do for entertainment?

  42. DaJa Dags says:

    Done by a real leader and man.

  43. It was never about emissions and all about carbon credit trading profits that ordinary people end up paying for

  44. Mary George says:

    Wonderful!!!!!!!! Thank you to our President Trump.

  45. Good, then she we should be done with all that nonsense.

  46. How many of these countries complied with the Kyoto Treaty and reduced emissions? NASA weather satellites show their has been no appreciable increase in the worlds temperature in almost twenty years. The zealots call this the pause and have no explanation. President Trump did the right thing in giving the middle finger to Europe, its socialism and its attempt to make America pick up the tab for this nonsense! Finally someone who will stick up for America, Americans and the workers that made the country great. Hats off to President Trump, thumbs down to former President Obama and his globalism.

  47. Jack Cooper says:

    “The move would isolate the U.S. in a global effort to curb the warming of the planet, and leave an opening for countries like China to fill the leadership void.”

    I see you mean the same China that is the largest single consumer of coal in the world and lets not forget just how clean they burn all that coal. Might want to go to Beijing and take a deep breath before you declare China a world leader.

  48. a billion Chinese want to know if Germany, France and Italy are will be paying for their new chinese power plants till 2030, like the usa was supposed to do?

    1. And, we would have borrow from the Chinese in order to fund those Chinese power plants. You can’t make this stuff up!

  49. Hey, Germany, France and Italy: Do any of you leftest fools know how to say goodby in English? Goodby.

    1. I do! I do! “Goodbye”!

      1. Covfefe translated means (suck my dic EU).

  50. Fantastic news to hear the accord will not be renegotiated! Overdosing here on Schadenfreude and drowning in liberal tears watching CNN and MSNBC.

  51. So you should all follow Germany. Again. Have you people learned nothing ?

  52. This will all go away in due season, I mean when was the last time you heard about Jill Stein’s recount and those “damned emails”… a while…huh? Terrorist attack here and there in Deutschlandistan and Franceabad and this rhetoric will all go away. The left doesn’t know how to fight terror only a mirage like global warming because that’s more important to them.

  53. As a side note…a HUGE thanks to the Democrat Party. Seriously. If it wasn’t for the absolute over the top, insane, obstructionist, and continual extreme behavior of your members and leaders (many of those that tweeted), I fear that the Pres. might have wavered in his resolve to exit this accord. But your behavior made it way, way easier for him to stay the course. So again…a HUGE thanks.

    1. I hope pulling out of the United Nations is next on President Trump’s agenda.

  54. Harvey Sloan says:

    “Following Trump’s speech, Germany, Italy and France said in a joint statement that the accord will not be renegotiated.”

    Trump knows that you idiots. He’s playing you like a cheap fiddle.

  55. Bye bye pick pockets. Find another stooge! Your stooge is no longer in office.

  56. So Europe thinks this is such a big deal, yet they aren’t willing to work something out? There’s the proof that this is about twisting someone’s arm, not the environment.

  57. Bye Bye to Obama’s Anti-American Legacy.

    ‘PITTSBURGH, NOT PARIS!’

  58. Obama is to blame. He decided that the agreement could stand without the force of a treaty, so Obama failed to send to the Senate in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Constitution.
    Live by the Pen. Die by the Pen.

  59. Gordon Corey says:

    MAGA! F renegotiation.

  60. Bob Redman says:

    In Europe we need Poland and Hungary, not used up Germany, Italy, and France.

  61. So they don’t want to renegotiate? They must agree it is a bad deal. The day of the Stupid Americans is OVER! They will get over it.

  62. Global warming (aka climate change) is the religion of the stupid.
    Sheep, lemmings, and Leftists are easily manipulated.
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  63. Billy Carnes says:

    Winning Winning. WINNING love me some President Trump

  64. The US needs the money saved to pay for the Iran payout Obama made.

  65. Mark Meyer says:

    Good, then we leave with the olive branch in our hands. Nice try commies, globalists, billionaires, and silicon valley. Borders will continue, Obama’s legacy will be dismantled, America will be great again.

  66. Germany, Italy and France said in a joint statement that the accord will not be renegotiated?

    Precisely……exemplary work today Mr. President!

  67. Rocky Harden says:

    “Following Trump’s speech, Germany, Italy and France said in a joint statement that the accord will not be renegotiated…” Go ahead. You are not going to have the U.S. to kick around any more.

  68. Hopefully “the people” in these countries will wake up to this hoax. We are not the bank of America so stop leeching in us. We are done with it!

    1. We are only hearing the reaction of the leaders, many of the citizens are not bamboozled by the eco-wacko crowd

  69. phxfreddyii says:

    Not renegotiating is tantamount to ratifying Trump’s action. Good.

  70. hitrestart1 says:

    To all those in power who use progzombie drones (young, stupid liberals) to forward their anti-American agendas, kiss THAT tax dollar-sucking gravy train good-bye!

  71. ‘PITTSBURGH, NOT PARIS!’

  72. Bob She says:

    Following Trump’s speech, Germany, Italy and France said in a joint statement that the accord will not be renegotiated……

    LOL….We don’t care, You need us, WE don’t need you
    MAGA!!!

  73. “Accord will not be renegotiated”

    So says the dependent States.

    America already becoming Great again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. We don’t need it—end this massive hoax that is attempting to destroy capitalism! The big corporations play along to squeeze out the little guys

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