White House Postpones Meeting on Paris Climate Deal

Posted: Apr 18, 2017 5:00 PM

The Trump administration was expected to take part in conversations Tuesday regarding whether or not to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate deal. The agreement, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and so far signed by 194 nations, requires the signatories to limit their greenhouse gas emissions and take other environmental steps to help prevent global warming, according to the text. Reports indicate that the White House's meetings over the climate deal have been postponed.

White House Spokeswoman Kelly Love told The Washington Examiner the meeting had to be rescheduled because of President Trump's travel schedule. He is currently in Wisconsin with several key staffers.

On the campaign trail last year, Trump pledged to take the U.S. out of the agreement. Yet, his advisers are reportedly split as to whether they should stay or go. 

On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump vowed to “cancel” the climate deal, and his most politically conservative advisers, including Mr. Bannon, have pushed him to follow through. But Mr. Bannon’s influence has waned in recent weeks, while authority has risen for Mr. Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who advocate staying in the accord.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has also spoken in favor of “keeping a seat at the table” in the climate pact, and in recent days, major corporations have stepped forward to embrace that position.

He is expected to make his final decision at the end of May.