Trump ‘won’t pull out’ of Paris Ac­cord

New York Post - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY KAY LINGE and EILEEN AJ CON­NELLY Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Melko­rka Licea

In a stun­ning about-face, the Trump administration will not pull out of the Paris cli­mate deal af­ter all, a Euro­pean Union of­fi­cial told The Wall Street Jour­nal on Satur­day.

The United States will “not rene­go­ti­ate the Paris Ac­cord,” but in­stead will re­view its terms, Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­ergy Miguel Arias Cañete told the news­pa­per.

White House se­nior ad­viser Everett Eis­sen­stat un­veiled the new US po­si­tion at a meet­ing Satur­day, the Jour­nal said.

But the White House is­sued a sharp de­nial.

“There has been no change in the United States’ po­si­tion on the Paris agree­ment,” said Deputy Press Sec­re­tary Lind­say Wal­ters. “As the pres­i­dent has made abun­dantly clear, the United States is with­draw­ing un­less we can re-en­ter on terms that are more fa­vor­able to our coun­try.”

Whether or not the Trump administration stays in the cli­mate ac­cord, the US is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce its am­bi­tion to curb green­house-gas emis­sions — in line with Pres­i­dent Trump’s goal of clinch­ing “fairer terms” in the deal, the Jour­nal re­ported.

It also capped a week when Trump’s over­tures to­ward Demo­cratic lead­ers on im­mi­gra­tion and tax pol­icy rat­tled some sup­port­ers and cast doubt on the fate of his core cam­paign prom­ises.

Trump an­nounced on June 1 that the US would with­draw from the 2015 pact, say­ing it im­posed wildly un­fair en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards on Amer­i­can busi­nesses and work­ers.

He called the deal signed by 195 na­tions “dra­co­nian,” and vowed to stand with the peo­ple of the United States to ne­go­ti­ate a bet­ter deal for them.

“I was elected to rep­re­sent the cit­i­zens of Pitts­burgh, not Paris,” the pres­i­dent said at the time.

It was seen as his most sweep­ing as­ser­tion of an “Amer­ica first” for­eign-pol­icy doc­trine since tak­ing of­fice — and as a vic­tory for Trump’s chief strate­gist, Steve Ban­non, who was fired in Au­gust.

Un­der the ac­cord reached dur­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s administration, the United States had pledged to slash green­house-gas emis­sions and com­mit up to $3 bil­lion in aid for poorer coun­tries by 2020.

The de­ci­sion to leave the agree­ment drew sup­port from many Repub­li­cans, but con­dem­na­tion from the other side of the aisle and around the world.

Sev­eral gov­er­nors and may­ors, in­clud­ing New York’s Bill de Bla­sio, an­nounced plans to meet the stan­dards of the Paris agree­ment in their re­spec­tive states and cities with­out the lead­er­ship of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Trump’s seem­ingly fluid for­eign pol­icy will take cen­ter stage this week as he plunges into the first United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly of his pres­i­dency.

GREAT SHAKES: Pres­i­dent Trump ap­pears with French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron in July, amid world op­po­si­tion to the US leav­ing the Paris cli­mate ac­cord.


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