EPA’s Pruitt huddles with Trump on UN Paris climate pact
By Matt Daily
05/30/2017 02:59 PM EDT
President Donald Trump discussed the Paris climate pact this morning with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, one the administration’s strongest advocates for pulling the U.S. out of the international agreement.
Trump has not yet indicated whether he will exit the deal reached by 195 countries in 2015 or keep the U.S. in it and seek to alter the carbon dioxide cuts promised by former President Barack Obama. But White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the decision was expected soon.
“Ultimately, he wants a fair deal for the American people, and he will have an announcement coming on that shortly,” Spicer told reporters today at the daily briefing.
Pruitt has pressed for the U.S. to pull out of international deal, arguing that remaining a part of it could threaten EPA’s efforts to revise or revoke the power plant emissions regulations issued by Obama’s EPA. One media report over the weekend said that Trump had told some administration officials he planned to exit the climate pact.
Spicer did not address whether Trump, who has described climate change as a hoax, believed that human activity was affecting the planet’s temperature.
“Honestly, I haven’t asked him, I can get back to you,” he said in response to a question.
Nick Juliano contributed to this report.
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