Trump to decide over 'next few days' whether US will remain in Paris Climate Agreement

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May 31, 2017, 12:30:06 PM EDT

President Trump said Wednesday morning that he will make a decision on whether the United States will remain in the Paris Climate Accord on climate change "over the next few days."

I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

Trump's tweet came amid multiple news reports that said Trump is expected to pull the U.S. out of the agreement.

Axios reported that details on how the U.S. will leave the accord are still being finalized by a team including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

ABC News reported that one official cautioned that no decision is final until Trump announces it himself.

During his campaign and through the early stages of his presidency, Trump has given mixed signals on whether or not the U.S. would remain in the treaty.

“We're going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs," Trump said during an energy speech in May 2016.

Following the election, however, he said he would have an "open mind" with regard to the treaty.

In 2012, Trump famously called climate change a “hoax” that was invented by China to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. More recently, Trump has said that he does think there is some connectivity between human activity and climate change, but “it depends on how much.”

President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. military troops and their families at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The historic climate treaty was reached when nearly 200 countries came together at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on Dec. 12, 2015. It was officially ratified on Nov. 4, 2016.

The ambitious agreement calls upon all agreed countries to work to limit global temperature rise no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

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The U.S. and China are the two biggest emitters of carbon in the world, and if the U.S. were to leave the agreement, it could significantly jeopardize the pact's potential to succeed, according to Climate Central.

If the U.S. does formally withdraw, the exit process could be drawn out over three years.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during his Senate confirmation hearing in January that he would recommend that the U.S. remain in the climate pact.

Numerous lawmakers took to Twitter Wednesday morning to express dissatisfaction with Trump’s reported decision to leave the agreement.

Pulling out of is a massive moral, economic & leadership failure for Trump admin. Loss of business, jobs, & intl standing.

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey)

Disappointed by early reports that the US will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to the

— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo)

Disturbed to hear reports that the US may pull out of the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real and won't be wished away by denial.

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo)
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