Trump to hold crunch meeting on Paris climate deal

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President Donald Trump has delayed a decision on withdrawing from the Paris climate accord until after the G7 summit in Sicily, Italy, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

Delattre said he "underscored this point" in a White House lunch with President Trump, when the president met with members of the U.N. Security Council late last month.

"The president wants to make sure he has an opportunity to continue to meet with his team to create the best strategy for this country going forward", said Spicer.

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The meeting was meant to lay the groundwork for a formal proposal to Trump, who has promised to announce a decision before a Group of Seven summit at the end of May.

Macron and Trump spoke over the phone on Monday.

The agreement requires countries to cut greenhouse emissions on a country-by-country basis, with Obama committing the U.S.to reduce carbon emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

The talks beginning Monday in Bonn, Germany, will hammer out details for how countries should implement the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Today, White House advisors postponed a "key meeting" to discuss America's involvement in the Paris Agreement, Politico reports.

As uncertainty mounted over the hard-fought pact's future under US President Donald Trump, China's leader Xi Jinping came to its defence. "I have no doubt about climate change and how committed we have to be regarding this issue", said Macron in the video.

"It would be hard, crazy, to go against public opinion, against the domestic will, and the will of the global community", Mezoua said in Bonn.

According to White House officials, Mr. Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka was set to meet with Cabinet officials and department heads to discuss whether to abandon the treaty altogether.

The Environmental Protection Agency has sidelined a website aimed at teaching schoolchildren about climate change, a public watchdog group has determined, as part of the agency's efforts to align online content with the new administration's values.

The decision to participate in this week's United Nations climate talks shouldn't be construed as a sign that Donald Trump has chose to stay in the Paris pact, a State Department official added.

Some fear a US U-turn would dampen enthusiasm among other signatories to increase their emissions-cutting targets.

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