In a move aimed to unravel President Barack Obama’s climate policies, President Donald Trump has reportedly decided that the United States will exit the Paris Agreement, several sources, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, have revealed.
As reported by Axios, three sources confirmed Trump’s decision, although the president claimed via Twitter that he will make a “final decision” next week.
I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017
White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks answered a question regarding Trump’s decision with, “I think his tweet was clear. He will make a decision this week.”
By ditching the Paris Agreement —the most historic global accord on climate change— the U.S. will become the only member of the developed nations without a global policy to protect the environment.
In analyzing Trump’s apparent decision to pull out of the agreement, Axios noted: “It sends a stark and combative signal to the rest of the world that working with other nations on climate change isn’t a priority to the Trump administration.”
The website also reported that during his just-completed overseas trip, Trump refused to join the other six nations of the G7 in reaffirming “strong commitment” to the Paris Agreement.