Trump quitting climate treaty 'very regrettable' - Angela Merkel

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the landmark 2015 agreement to fight climate change, signed by every country except Syria and Nicaragua. The president's decision to abandon the almost 200-nation strong pact drew sharp condemnation from global leaders as well as major corporations within the United States and around the world.

The Paris Climate Agreement is a pact among almost 200 nations to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to fight climate change. The U.S., the world's second largest emitter of carbon, would have been required to reduce fossil fuel emissions almost 30 percent by 2025. "The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created".

"We are grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for this generous contribution", UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said in a news release about the funding pledge.

On Friday, Pruitt said Trump had made a "courageous" and "informed" decision and said he admired the president's "fortitude and leadership in this matter".

"I think Administrator Pruitt pointed out that what the President is focused on is making sure we have clean water, clean air and making sure we have the best deal for American workers", he said.

Friday afternoon, Pruitt took questions from reporters where he, too, was asked multiple times if the president believes in the scientific consensus that human beings are contributing to climate change. "Does it pose an existential threat as some say?" "People have called me a climate skeptic or a climate denier. I would say there are climate exaggerators".

While government funding remains vital, Espinosa said, "this kind of support is crucial for the work of the Secretariat to assist nations in their efforts to implement their commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement".

The most humiliating rebuff to the U.S President came from the city of Pittsburgh, which Trump referred to while making the case for ditching the climate change accord saying he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris.

First, Conway was asked three times by ABC News's George Stephanopoulos if Trump believes that climate change is a hoax. It could also trigger calls for him to spend billions of dollars on finding a fix.

Spicer, who was asked similar questions on the subject earlier in the week, said that he has still not yet had a conversation with the president regarding his beliefs on this issue. At the tme, he could not provide an answer. "That's the discussion I've been having with the president, so that's been my focus".

  • Zachary Reyes