In a shocking turn of events, a European Union Official told the Wall Street Journal that the Trump administration will not be leaving the Paris Climate Deal.
European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete told the Journal that the United States will “not renegotiate the Paris Accord,” but intend on reviewing it’s terms.
The new U.S. position was revealed at a Saturday meeting by White House senior adviser Everett Eissenstat, according to the Journal. The White House reacted immediately. “There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement,” said Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters. “As the President has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country.”
“I really didn’t see this coming,” said Staten Island City Councilman Joe Borelli, who was a Trump surrogate during the campaign. “I find it another surprising turn in a surprising week.”
On June 1, President Trump announced that the U.S. would pull out of the 2015 pact, stating unfair environmental standards imposed on American workers and companies. Trump said at the time, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
As would be expected, the President’s decision left many on the other side of the political aisle up in arms. Many Republican leaders agreed with the President however.
The President’s foreign policy will be front and center this week as he attends his first United Nations General Assembly since he took office.
Trump’s schedule while he is in New York this week is a bit hectic, including his speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday, and the U.S. hosted diplomatic reception Tuesday evening.
On the docket is lunch with leaders from South Korea and Japan to discuss North Korea, a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Emmanuel Macron of France to discuss Middle East policy, and general meetings with leaders from Latin America and Africa.