Trump says USA could stay in Paris climate accord

  • Trump says USA could stay in Paris climate accord

Trump says USA could stay in Paris climate accord

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his primary concern with the Paris climate accord was that it treated the United States unfairly and that if a better deal could be reached, Washington might be persuaded to rejoin the agreement.

When he announced last June he was pulling the U.S. out of the accord, Mr Trump said he wanted to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage United States businesses and workers.

"Frankly, it's an agreement I had no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that was signed because as usual, [the Obama administration] made a bad deal", he said.

For his part, Trump seemed to take steps back from his statement withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement last summer and hinted that the USA might actually rejoin the agreement.

"It put great penalties on us", he said about the agreement. "We have a total of 52 and they've delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule".

Analysts have said the USA withdrawal from the Paris agreement makes it more hard for the world to reach the goals that it set for itself in the Paris agreement. "I feel very strongly about the environment". "We are a country rich in gas and coal and oil, and lots of other things, and there was a tremendous penalty for using it", he added.

"The Paris accord really would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen, I'm not going to let this happen", President Trump said. At the time, he said the U.S. And we're not going to let that happen. It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business.

"I will say that the Paris agreement, as drawn and as we signed, was very unfair to the United States".

It aims to keep the increase in average global temperature at below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

While Trump announced the exit in June, the accord does not allow nations to submit exit paperwork until November 2019, to be effective in November 2020.