'A big box of crazy': Trump aides struggle under climate change questioning

The agreement between 196 countries aims to curb the impacts of climate change.

The Indian-American lawmaker revealed in an interview on CNN that aired on Saturday night, that despite his decision to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris climate accord, Trump had reservations about the impact of the move.

Kelly also criticized Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D), who blasted Trump's decision after the president gave the steel town a shout out.

"You should ask him that", offered White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway.

It's quite a reversal for Trump, who spent years publicly bashing the idea of global warming as a "hoax" and "total con job" in books, interviews and tweets.

The vast majority of scientists believe global warming is mainly the result of human activities including power generation, transport, agriculture and industry.

According to Brown's office, California has the sixth largest economy in the world and California, New York and Washington together represent about 68 million people - almost one-in-five Americans - and at least 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

But Mr Bloomberg, now the United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change, said work would continue to reduce emissions despite Mr Trump's statement. On Thursday, he made scarce mention of it in his lengthy remarks announcing America's exit from the Paris accord. In almost every instance, he expressed scepticism or mockery.

It signals that America's hard-fought progress on climate issues won't be so easily dismantled just because climate deniers and fossil fuel industry allies hold the top seats in the U.S. government, observers said.

The same message was echoed in the president's books. Trump is "abandoning America's leadership position", according to Speaker Pelosi. "Just because we got out of a club doesn't mean we don't care about it".

On Friday, nobody at the White House was able to say whether Trump believed in climate change. He bemoaned the fact that the USA was investing money and doing things "to solve a problem that I don't think in any major fashion exists". And, as much as possible, we'll relate what else was going on at the time.

Haley said Saturday that Trump wanted address climate change his own way.

"I think there's a change in weather".

Little said he would be making climate change a priority in his talks with Tillerson. "I'm not a great believer", he told The Washington Post.

"Alone, those certainly aren't enough to deliver the Paris pledge", said co-director Elizabeth Sawin. "That there are shifts naturally occurring".

In an interview with The New York Times in November, after the election, Trump was asked repeatedly whether he meant to leave the Paris accord and appeared to have a new open-mindedness.

"I'm looking at it very closely", Trump told the newspaper.

Scientists have warned failure to curb risky climate change will lead to sea level rises, more intense storms and flooding, more extreme droughts, water shortages and heatwaves as well as massive loss of wildlife and reduction in crop yields, potentially sparking conflict and mass migration.

Almost as many people converged around the Washington Monument in the U.S. capital to similarly demand a full and independent investigation of the allegations that Trump or his aides might have colluded with Russian Federation ahead of last year's United States presidential election to help Trump win.

"But he'll have an open mind and listen to people", he said.

  • Joanne Flowers