LISTEN: Spicer addresses Trump’s upcoming decision on Paris climate accord at news briefing
White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed President Donald Trump’s upcoming decision on the Paris climate accord, among other topics, at a Wednesday briefing at the White House.
President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for “caveats in the language” related to the exit and had not made a final decision.
Leaving the deal would fulfill a central campaign pledge, but would anger international allies who spent years in difficult negotiations that produced an accord to reduce carbon emissions.
Trump faced considerable pressure to hold to the deal during visits with European leaders and Pope Francis on his recent trip abroad. The official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the decision before the official announcement, said the president and his aides were finalizing the details of a pullout.
Trump himself tweeted that “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days.”
While Trump currently favors an exit, he has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from a range of inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.
Trump’s top aides have been divided on the accord.
Listen to Spicer’s briefing in the player above.