Trump, EPA chief meet ahead of decision on climate change

"The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics", the Independent quoted the communique as saying.

Cohn, along with Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson favor the agreement, while Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt are against it. Pruitt was reportedly among those in which Trump confided that he intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Although he tweeted that he would make a decision next week, his apparent reluctance to embrace the first legally binding global climate deal that was signed by 195 countries clearly annoyed German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He hasn't made an official decision yet, but if the president decides to pull out of the Paris Agreement that Obama signed in 2016, it could make things hard for Canada - although it won't stop climate initiatives from going forward, according to a former Canadian diplomat.

While Trump was returning to the U.S., the political news website Axios reported that he had said he plans to pull the United States out of the deal.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying".

"If Mr. Trump does decide to pull out, then it is going to make it more hard for us to proceed with the carbon pricing as Mr. Trudeau and the premiers have envisaged", said Colin Robertson, who is now a vice president and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, in an interview with BNN Monday.

European leaders pressed Trump to stay in the Paris climate accord during the president's overseas trip last week.

Earlier on Saturday, the other six members of the G7 group of some of the world's wealthiest nations, voted to abide by the Paris climate agreement, according to a source familiar with the talks.

On October 2016, India became the 62nd nation to ratify the Paris agreement.

Almost 200 nations, including the USA, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Leroy Wright