President Trump is expected to pull US from Paris climate accord

Trump is getting conflicting advice from various quarters of the administration. Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, was said to be neutral on the deal.

Trump will meet Wednesday afternoon with secretary of state Rex Tillerson, according to the state department's public schedule.

Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and the former head of Breitbart, had pressed Trump to stick with his campaign promise and leave the deal.

Musk has taken heat for sitting on a presidential business advisory team and being involved in a US manufacturing-jobs initiative.

Trump's influential daughter Ivanka Trump's preference is to stay, but she made it a priority to establish a review process so her father heard from all sides, said a senior administration official who was not authorized to discuss her thinking and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Some may seek to portray the response to climate change as a fundamental threat to the economy", said Guterres.

The UN chief also said that he will work to with UN Member States mobilize national and worldwide resources for adaptation, resilience, and the implementation of national climate action plans, and called for new and strengthened partnerships, including with the private sector and through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation. Twenty-five companies, including Intel and Microsoft, have signed on to a letter set to run as a full-page advertisement in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

Pruitt has previously called for the withdraw.

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy.

"It's very clear that the energy economy is heading in a direction that, if you don't engage with climate change, you're going to miss out on a large number of jobs that have already emerged", David Waskow, director of the World Resource Institute's worldwide climate program, told HuffPost before the announcement.

Trump has previously called climate change "a hoax" devised by the Chinese government in order to make U.S. manufacturing less competitive.

Trump refused to endorse the landmark climate change accord at a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations, saying he needed more time to decide, and promised an announcement this week.

"They're going to make their own decision, but we all need to be moving forward".

"Australia's national interests are best served by USA participation in the Paris agreement, consistent with our support for a collective global response to climate change", cabinet minister Michaelia Cash told a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday. The official, who is involved in preparing the meeting between European Union officials and China's premier, was not authorized to speak publicly and discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because the meeting statement was not finalized.

How would USA withdrawal affect national and global efforts against climate change?

He argued that climate action was a sound security policy, warning of mass displacement from natural disasters or from refugees whose lands become unlivable. He calls the expected withdrawal "a big setback".

Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken USA industry.

In an effort to hedge against the possibility of a Trump presidency or pushback from a GOP-led Congress, the authors of the Paris agreement included a provision that prohibits any state from formally invoking their right to withdraw from the pact till November 2019, three years after the treaty came into force.

  • Leroy Wright