EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is dodging the question of whether the president believes climate change is real and a threat to the U.S.
America's pullout from the worldwide climate agreement presents another challenge to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
It's the first public comment on the decision from Tillerson, who had urged President Donald Trump not to abandon the deal. The Exxon Mobil CEO turned diplomat is downplaying the decision, saying he doesn't think the USA will change its ongoing effort to reduce emissions.
He added that he hopes people can "keep (the decision) in perspective".
Tillerson said people need to recognise that the United States has a "terrific record" of reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, adding that it is 'something I think we can be proud of'.
Tillerson, who had previously voiced support for the climate agreement, said at the State Department he doesn't see the USA reversing course on emissions reductions in the future.
Tillerson spoke at the State Department during a photo-op with visiting Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.