Trump Administration Reportedly Will Not Withdraw US From Paris Agreement After All

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"There has been no change in the US' position on the Paris agreement", White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an e-mail over the weekend.

When European environment officials suggested over the weekend that the United States might be ready to reengage with the pact, the White House said that its position was unchanged, and that it could stay only if more "favorable" terms were achieved.

The Trump administration announced Saturday the U.S will not pull out of the Paris agreement and offered to re-engage in the worldwide deal to fight climate change, according to the European Union's top energy official.

President Trump previously had said he would be open to "renegotiations" or crafting a new deal completely.

Under the terms of the global agreement to reduce greenhouse gases, the earliest a nation can formally withdraw is November 2020 - the same month Trump faces re-election. In the meantime, the administration is not holding itself to commitments made under the previous administration to limit emissions and otherwise abide by the deal.

Months later, the USA and China jointly said they would sign off on the deal.

"If there's an agreement that benefits the American people, certainly", McMaster told Stephanopoulos.

President Donald Trump has given notice the USA will withdraw from the agreement in 2020 unless it can be renegotiated in the U.S.'s favour.

When Mr Trump announced in June that the United States would withdraw from the accord, Canada, China and the European Union immediately reaffirmed their respective commitments to the pact, which the Group of 20 declared "irreversible" the following month.

If true, it would represent a sharp reversal from one of Trump's signature policy pledges.

"The president said he is open to finding those conditions where we can remain engaged with others on what we all agree is still a challenging issue", Tillerson said on CBS's Face The Nation.

Trump has already made clear that he views the climate accord as an obstacle to his goal of creating jobs and ensuring energy independence.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday afternoon that the Trump administration's shift on the issue had occurred during a meeting in Montreal of government officials from more than 30 countries, including Canada, China, and the EU.

Our position on the Paris agreement has not changed.

The White House refuted the story.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, he characterised the Paris agreement as a deal that aimed to hobble, disadvantage and impoverish the US.

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