Al Gore to update 'Inconvenient Truth' sequel after Paris accord

"Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action", Gore said in a statement.

But Cohn, Trump's chief White House economic adviser, told reporters during the trip overseas that the president's views on climate change were "evolving" following the discussions with European leaders.

White House talking points obtained by The Associated Press said the Paris accord was "a BAD deal for Americans" and that the president's action would keep "his campaign promise to put American workers first".

Former President Barack Obama says the Trump administration is joining "a small handful of nations that reject the future" by withdrawing from the Paris climate change pact.

"The Accord", the document went on to say, "was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation". He says the USA should be "at the front of the pack". The Pope gave Trump copies of his published works on climate change as a parting gift following their meeting on May 24, which some read as an encouragement toward the Paris accord.

Trump spoke from the White House Rose Garden on a warm, sunny day.

The Kremlin says Russian Federation is committed to the Paris climate change accords. It is unsurprising that Gore would have some strong feelings about Trump's commitment to exit from the Paris Climate Accord.

Without mentioning the USA specifically, he said China has been "actively promoting the Paris agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement".

China says it will work with the European Union to uphold the global agreement on climate change even if the US pulls out.

News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations.

At a regularly scheduled news conference Thursday, Hua said: "No matter whether other countries' positions may change, we will continue to uphold" a model of sustainable development.

A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children.

Still, Cohn said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration "would be highly crippling to the USA economic growth", and if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic growth, "growing our economy is going to win".

If the USA pulls out of The Paris Agreement, it would become one of the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions not included in the agreement, according to EPA data. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways".

By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge.

White House aides have been divided on the question of staying or leaving the accord and had been deliberating on "caveats in the language" as late as Wednesday, one official said.

A spokesperson from the studio told Hollywood rag, The Wrap, that the filmmakers rewrote the documentary's ending so that Trump's Paris decision "will appear in the final film".

The White House had signaled that withdrawal was likely, but Trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute on such major decisions.

  • Salvatore Jensen