Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate agreement

"Australia's national interests are best served by United States 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.

One of the biggest topics was climate change, but Trump made a decision to leave the fellow leaders hanging, wondering what he would do regarding the global pact on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Others who supported staying included Trump's secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and major oil companies such as ExxonMobil and Shell.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the the pact.

Trump tweeted he would decide on Paris next week.

"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days", the president wrote Wednesday on Twitter, adding: "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Other topics discussed in the meeting included protectionism, sanctions on Russian Federation following the annexation of Crimea, Syria and North Korea.

But reaction from the worldwide community was swift, without mentioning Trump by name.

Guterres said he will also rally countries to raise the bar on efforts to limit temperature rise and the United Nations system to promote climate action.

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On Tuesday, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer was asked directly at a press briefing whether the president believes that humans affect global warming.

The the world's second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, according to the EPA.

"The sustainability train has left the station", Guterres said.

The choice is between a formal withdrawal that could take three years or leaving the United Nations treaty that the accord is based on, which would be quicker but more extreme, according to the Axios report.

Perhaps more importantly we have reports of China being "strongly dissatisfied" with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a G7 statement which said they were concerned by the situation in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

The move marks a dramatic departure from the Obama administration, which was instrumental in crafting the deal. They said the deal would require the USA government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which would hurt business.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi says Trump is "denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and. threatening our national and global security".

"What a ridiculous situation", Trump said in the post.

Rick Perry, Trump's secretary of energy, has also reportedly argued against leaving the accord. Trump tweeted from Italy as the meeting of wealthy democracies concluded.

  • Leroy Wright