According to a fresh scoop from Axios, President Donald Trump is planning to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
“President Trump has privately told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave the Paris agreement on climate change, according to three sources with direct knowledge,” per Axios.
Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks had said that Trump planned to make a decision on whether to pull out of the climate agreement this week. Axios previously reported on Sunday that Trump was mulling a withdrawal from the agreement, but was undecided.
Pulling out of the 2015 Paris agreement would serve a serious knock to President Barack Obama’s climate legacy, as Axios notes. “It also sends a stark and combative signal to the rest of the world that working with other nations on climate change isn’t a priority to the Trump administration.”
The decision to withdraw from the agreement runs against the forceful advice of many of Trump’s advisors, as well as allied countries involved in the agreement. As Jonathan Swan noted Wednesday morning, pressure from Trump’s daughter Ivanka has been “intense”:
I am told the pressure on @POTUS from Ivanka to stay in Paris has been intense.
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) May 31, 2017
But according to Politico, “The upcoming decision is a victory for hardliners such as senior White House adviser Stephen Bannon, who argued that the deal would hobble the U.S. economy and Trump’s energy agenda.”
In withdrawing from the Paris agreement, the United States joins the company of just two other countries that declined to join the accord: Syria and Nicaragua.
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