Despite heavy lobbying from G7 leaders, President Donald Trump declined to endorse the Paris Climate Agreement in a joint pledge of support for one of former President Barack Obama’s signature achievements in office.
Trump’s decision upset world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, desperate to convince the president of the agreement’s merits, Breitbart reports.
“The Paris deal isn’t just any other deal. It is a key agreement that shapes today’s globalization,” Merkel said, describing discussions with Trump about climate change “very unsatisfying.”
During last year’s presidential campaign, Trump promised to renegotiate the landmark climate deal and even threatened to pull out of it altogether. Since assuming office, he has slowly rolled back a number of emissions regulations, stating that they are bad for US energy companies. The US remains the world’s largest carbon emitter after China.
— Maximilian Hofmann (@maxhofmann) May 27, 2017
On trade, the Trump administration agreed that the final declaration include a pledge to fight protectionism. The pledge on behalf of the US marked a significant breakthrough, with Trump having previously championed protectionist measures on the back of his “America First” agenda that got him successfully elected to the White House.
“Together we will keep our markets open and act to fight protectionism, while, at the same time, ensuring that unfair trading practices will be countered vigorously,” Merkel said, DW reported.
For opponents of the agreement, the decision is a welcome development after the president’s economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters that Trump was “evolving” on the issue. But it still was not a fulfillment of his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement.
The president announced on Twitter that he would make the decision next week of whether to remain in the agreement.
I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017
The bottom line is that President Trump will do what is best for the United States and the American people.