Tearfund 'disappointed' as Trump stalls on climate change deal

Mattis was interviewed before Axios news outlet reported that Trump had told several "confidants" - including EPA chief Scott Pruitt - that he was pulling the US out of the landmark climate change accord.

Trump has previously expressed skepticism about climate change.

His announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily wrapped up in deadlock on the issue, with United States partners voicing frustration at the president's failure to commit to the deal aimed at stemming global warming.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters Saturday, "The whole discussion about climate has been hard".

President Trump has told multiple people, including EPA head Scott Pruitt, that he intends to pull the US out of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a new Axios report based on information from three anonymous sources with direct knowledge of the conversations.

While at the G7 summit, Trump was heavily lobbied to endorse the Paris Climate Agreement, but he declined to do so.

Trump was scheduled to meet with heads of energy companies and other big corporations over the next few days to discuss the Paris climate deal, reports Reuters.

European leaders have used the president's time overseas as a last-ditch effort to persuade Mr. Trump to stay in the climate accord, which was adopted by almost 200 nations in 2015.

Senate Democrats have been urging the president to keep the U.S.in the agreement.

President Donald Trump has allegedly informed his confidants that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, as it threatens with the closure of factories and plants all over the country in the upcoming years, Sputnik reported.

"He came here to learn, he came here to get smarter and he came here to hear people's views".

The White House did not immediately respond, but Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks said, "I think his tweet was clear". "His basis for decision ultimately is going to be what's best for the United States".

But Trump is said to be leaning toward a withdrawal from the deal, which was originally adopted under the Obama administration.

But according to Axios' sources, Trump has already made his decision to ditch the pact, and that would definitely be consistent with his numerous past statements as one of the world's most notorious deniers of the consensus scientific conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of global climate change.

  • Larry Hoffman