Despite criticism, Trump pulls US out of Paris climate accord
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Despite criticism, Trump pulls US out of Paris climate accord

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Controversial US President Donald Trump has pulled his country out of the 2016 Paris climate accord in line with his election campaign promise, even as the withdrawal could take up to four years.

Trump made the announcement during a White House Rose Garden speech but before that, he informed Congress about his decision preparing Republican legislators with arguments and lines to take in the face of an expected blowback.

Trump said it was his solemn duty to protect “America and its citizens” and that the US would “withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to re-enter the Paris accord or a new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States”.

He said: “So we are getting out, but we will start to negotiate and see if we can make a deal that’s fair.”

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Trump has come under fire by European leaders for daring to pull his country out of the Paris climate accord.

At the forefront of criticisms against Trump is European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker who said it was the “duty of Europe” to stand up to Trump if he decides to pull his country out of the Paris accord.

Continuing Juncker said “the Americans can’t just get out of the agreement,” adding “it takes three to four years” to pull out.

Juncker went on to say the Group of Seven leaders “tried to explain this in clear simple sentences to Mr Trump” at a recent summit in Italy. He said even though “it looks like that attempt failed” … the “law is the law”.

 

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