United Nations: Climate action is unstoppable

Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China, has yet to officially act on his campaign threat to ditch the Paris accord. "We should be doing everything we can to accomplish both", Buchanan said.

He has also said that if the USA decides to exit the agreement, it is important that cities, states and businesses in the country remain committed to the goals of the climate accord.

'I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!' Trump tweeted on the final day of a G7 summit in Italy, at which he refused to bow to pressure from allies to back the landmark agreement.

An American pullout from the 196-nation Paris Agreement would deal a major blow to the so-called "climate diplomacy" which, less than 18 months ago, celebrated the historic pact made possible by a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington, under president Barack Obama's leadership.

The pact was set to go into effect in 2020, with the US having committed, under former President Barack Obama, to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" he tweeted.

As a candidate on December 1, 2015, Trump posted a video on Instagram - while the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference was taking place - in which he criticized then-President Obama for "worrying about global warming".

The White House has apparently told Pruitt to keep a lower public profile regarding the Paris Agreement until Trump announces his decision.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. There was border consensus on Syria and North Korea, but no tangible support for Italy facing a new refugee crisis.

Abandoning the Paris agreement would carry a high political cost in Europe and China, where the deal is considered a bedrock for action on climate change, analysts say.

After taking office, however, Mr Trump faced pressure to stay in the deal from investors, global powers and business leaders, including some in the coal industry.

French President Emmanuel Macron also chimed in on the climate issue, praising Trump's "capacity to listen".

If the US pulls out of the Paris deal, it would become the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions not included in the agreement, according to EPA data.

"There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not".

  • Larry Hoffman