World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change

Trump has said he will announce his decision on the climate deal later Thursday.

Trump said he would make the announcement at 3 p.m. EDT in the White House Rose Garden, ending his tweet with "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" "AGAIN!" the U.S. leader said in a tweet late Wednesday, punctuating the post with his campaign slogan. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways".

America's worldwide allies and Trump's domestic opponents lashed out Wednesday at media reports that he had made up his mind to pull Washington out of the global accord to curb carbon emissions - a move that would make the deal less effective.

Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Trump announced it. Speculation is rife as to the possibility of him deciding to withdraw from the agreement.

Still the European Union remains cautious about the direction of its second-largest trading partner, concerned by its militarisation of islands in the South China Sea and a turn toward authoritarianism under Mr Xi.

"China will continue to implement the promises made in the Paris accord".

"The Paris Agreement will continue with full force of implementation even if the USA pulls out".

"European Council President Donald Tusk made a direct appeal to Trump early Thursday not to pull out of the Paris accord, tweeting "@realDonaldTrump please don't change the (political) climate for the worse".

"I've done all I can to advise directly" to Trump and through others in the White House, Musk said.

The United States, under former President Barack Obama, had committed to reduce its emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

Nancy Pelosi, one of the top Democrats in Congress, described the apparent decision as a "stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

The tech billionaire had opted to continue holding his controversial place on a White House advisory council following the furore surrounding Trump's attempted immigration ban early into his presidency, but the prospect of the United States severing ties with other major nations on climate change has proved to be a step too far. The White House has refused to comment upon this possibility. "I can get back to you".

"Trump really isn't as relevant as he wants to be".

And the corporate world has mostly come out in favor of the United States keeping its seat at the table.

But Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp, an Ohio-based coal company and major Trump campaign donor, urged Trump to withdraw from the deal.

While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

"Climate change is not a fairy tale".

Merkel on Saturday labelled the result of the "six against one" discussion "very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory".

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responded in a television interview Sunday, assuring that Trump was "wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord". He said that it would indeed take three to four consensual opinions in Washington to withdraw from the agreement.

Washington insiders said on May 31 that Trump is likely to pull out of the landmark 2015 Paris accord signed by 195 nations, further straining relations with many US allies and leaving the United States alongside Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations not participating.

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  • Leroy Wright