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'I represent the people of Pittsburgh NOT Paris': Trump pulls U.S. out of climate accord saying it is a foreign attempt to seize American jobs and American wealth
President Donald Trump wants you to take his tweets literally and seriously — even if his aides, lawyers and allies are perpetually forced to clean up the mess after.
The tweets, more than his speeches or official statements issued by the White House press team, seem to represent the real Trump. It’s him speaking directly to the people, without any filters like prepared text, media commentary or even staff input. That’s why Trump likes it, and why it can cause so much trouble for a White House that constantly struggles to drive a consistent message.
“The words of the president matter whether they’re spoken, written in a press release or sent out in a Tweet,” said Ryan Williams, a political communications consultant and longtime spokesman for Mitt Romney. “Whatever the leader of the free world says and does is important and has meaning to it.”
Donald Trump is following through on a year-old campaign promise by announcing that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
In an afternoon Rose Garden event promoted with all the anticipation of a major press conference, the president will side with conservative groups over world leaders and his daughter Ivanka, declaring that the accord poses a dire threat to the American economy and jobs market.
The White House tipped its hand when it distributed a set of talking points to allied organizations that proclaimed, 'The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans, and the President’s action today is keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first.'
The document says the US is exiting the international climate accord because it is in the best interest of US economy.
A successful businessman before he was elected, Trump has already taken steps to end the 'job-killing' regulations his predecessor enacted in order to bring the US in line with the environmental pact.
President Donald Trump is expected to announce his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change accord in an afternoon ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden
Trump said in a Wednesday evening tweet that he would put put an end to the speculation today following reports citing White House sources who said he had made up his mind to leave the international agreement
Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google, Gap, Mars and Tiffany & Co. joined a group of large businesses in publishing an open letter to Trump asking him not to end the United States participation in the global warming agreement
In a May 26, 2016 speech to a gas- and oil-friendly crowd in Bismarck, North Dakota, he declared flatly: 'We're going to cancel the Paris climate agreement.'
Trump also said then that if he were elected he would stop making payments to United Nations programs that fight global warming.
The talking points the White House gave to conservative organizations on Thursday said, 'The Accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation.'
'It frontloads costs on the American people to the detriment of our economy and job growth while extracting meaningless commitments from the world’s top global emitters, like China. The U.S. is already leading the world in energy production and doesn’t need a bad deal that will harm American workers.'
Myron Ebell, the head of Trump's environmental division during the presidential transition, had told DailyMail.com on Thursday morning that Trump was gearing up for an exit.
'You can take it to the bank that he's going withdraw,' Ebell said.
Myron Ebell, the head of Trump's environmental division during the presidential transition, told DailyMail.com: 'I think you can take it to the bank that he's going withdraw'
The White House insider and director of global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute told DailyMail.com, 'I think you can take it to the bank that he's going to withdraw.'
A spokesman for the Heartland Institute, Jim Lakely, said the conservative organization's president was headed to Washington for the ceremony at the White House's invitation.
'I don’t think they’d invite him if the Ivanka/Jared side of the tug-of-war on this issue won the argument,' Lakely said.
Trump, the most unpredictable U.S. president in a century, performed as expected despite sending signals of ambivalence about his yes-or-no decision during the week and telling reporters that he was 'hearing from a lot of people, both ways.'
Asked if America would be in or out, Trump would only say: 'You’re going to find out very soon.'
Ebell told DailyMail.com on that day that the situation was fluid.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson suggested that Trump didn't understand science
Trump said Wednesday that continued to listen to both sides of the issue, after White House officials said he'd already made up his mind
Sales Force CEO Marc Benioff sent Trump a letter signed by companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook, urging him to keep the US in the accord
PARIS PROTEST: Dan Ingram, right, told DailyMail.com that his wife Marione, left, is a 'Holocaust survivor' during a chat outside the White House on Thursday
'It's it's looking good but we're not totally out of the woods yet,' the energy expert said then.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during a Wednesday press briefing that he 'obviously' would not know if Trump had arrived at a decision, and would not say whether the earlier reports were true.
'I think the president's comments on this, that he'll be making a decision in the next few days, stand,' Spicer said in a shorter than usual session with the press that was held off-camera.
European allies had begged Trump not to ditch the pact last week, and the White House said the president was considering their position.
When White House sources said he was pulling out on Wednesday morning, the reports set off worldwide condemnation led by the United Nations secretary general.
Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, had advised her father against an exit, as well as a series of world leaders, including the Pope and France's new president, Emmanuel Macron.
Billionaire Elon Musk said he would end his role advising Trump on manufacturing if the White House went ahead with quitting the Paris deal.
Countries which have decided to stay in Paris were swift to speak out about the impending move to pull out of the climate accord including:
United Nations: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: 'Climate change is undeniable. Climate change is unstoppable.
'Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable.'
Finland: Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said climate change won't be reversed 'by closing your eyes' and called the expected withdrawal 'a big setback'.
China: Will reiterate support for Paris agreement this week during visit by prime minister Li Kequiang to Europe, European Union official told Reuters
European Union: President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said: 'Climate change is not a fairy tale. It is a tough reality which affects peoples' daily lives.'
Trump told a reporter who caught him outside the White House on Wednesday: 'We'll be talking about Paris very soon.' He did not provide any hints at what he might say today
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said pulling out with be 'horribly destructive'
The conservative think tank Heritage Foundation urged Trump to withdraw
Ignored: Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner spent Wednesday away from the White House and with their children as they observed the Orthodox Jewish holiday of Shavuot
Intervention: Billionaire Elon Musk said that he would end his connection to the White House if the president went ahead with ending the Paris agreement
Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google, Gap, Mars and Tiffany & Co. joined a group of large businesses in publishing an open letter to Trump asking him not to end the United States participation in the global warming agreement.
Their ask ran as a full page ad in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
Lakely said Thursday that there were four possible outcomes of Trump's deliberations – including a pullout that could spark lawsuits and an end-run involving sending the treaty to the U.S. Senate for ratification.
'The Senate fails to get the two-thirds votes necessary to ratify the treaty, and it’s really dead, instantly,' he said.
Emmanuel Macron, the newly elected French president, said at a weekend summit in Italy he was sure Trump would back the deal after listening to his G7 counterparts.
The Paris Agreement is the first large-scale global agreement to combat what scientists say is climate change, coming together at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2015 and adopted on December 12.
On Earth Day of 2016, April 22, it was opened for signatures and enough European countries signed on so that the agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016, four days before Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
China and the United States had already committed to backing the deal in September 2016, with their greenhouse gas output accounting for nearly 40 percent of the world's emissions. To go into legal force, countries accounting for 55 percent of the world's emissions had to sign on.
The deal asks that the countries signing on reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Right now 147 countries have ratified the agreement to the 197 who attended the convention.
The aim is to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius - 3.6F - this century.
Part of the reason the Paris Agreement was successful was that ratifying countries can decide independently how to reduce their emissions rather than being told how much to cut by.
Counties, instead, put forward their best efforts through 'nationally determined contributions.'
The binding part of the agreement makes countries report on their progress decreasing emissions, while the actual setting of emission-reduction targets is non-binding.
The United States said it would try to reduce emissions from its 2005 level by 17 percent in 2020 and 26 to 28 percent by 2025.
Even Pope Francis got involved in the decision with worldwide repercussions. He presented Trump with with his encyclical on the environment during a customary gift exchange last week at the Vatican
That hope appeared to have been quickly dashed. At a Wednesday news conference, a government spokesman said Macron had told a cabinet meeting France would be 'very pro-active' in working to ensure the Paris accord was implemented.
‘Depending on the stance some people or others are taking, we'll have to be very pro-active for France to be the homeland of the [fight against] climate change,’ the spokesman said.
Trump's most senior aides and cabinet secretaries had drawn battle lines over global warming in recent weeks.
Economic Council chair Gary Cohn joined Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster in a campaign to remain in the accord that Barack Obama's administration negotiated.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and Vice President Mike Pence were strongly against staying in the pact that requires the US to cut emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Domestic Policy Council director Andrew Bremberg, and three senior advisors to the president – Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller -–came in behind the Environmental Protection Agency head and the vice president.
Russian government officials discussed having potentially “derogatory” information about Donald Trump and some of his top aides during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to conversations intercepted by U.S. intelligence.
The newly reported detail in the ongoing Russia hacking investigation comes from two former intelligence officials and a congressional source, CNN reports.
One of the sources, CNN reports, says that the information is “financial in nature” and said the discussion “centered on whether the Russians had leverage over Trump’s inner circle.” The source added that Russians believed “they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information.”
The sources do, however, caution that the Russian discussions could have been “exaggerated or even made up” as part of a disinformation campaign orchestrated by the Russians did during the election. The information gathered in the Russia investigation has already shed light on the fact that hackers attempted to influence the election–even if their claims were deliberately false.
Specific names of Trump’s associates involved in the reported “derogatory” information remain masked, though CNN reports the conversations focused on the Trump campaign team.
“The Russians could be overstating their belief to influence,” said one of the sources.
A White House spokesman said: “This is yet another round of false and unverified claims made by anonymous sources to smear the President. The reality is, a review of the President’s income from the last ten years showed he had virtually no financial ties at all. There appears to be no limit to which the President’s political opponents will go to perpetuate this false narrative, including illegally leaking classified material. All this does is play into the hands of our adversaries and put our country at risk.”
The FBI denied to comment on the new report.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) says that President Trump is “jealous” of former President Barack Obama’s achievements.
“Why did Trump really walk away from #ParisAgreement?” Kaine tweeted Friday. “He’s surrounded by science deniers and fossil fuel junkies.”
“POTUS jealous of Obama accomplishments,” he added in another tweet. “But in the end, American innovative spirit is stronger than his insecurities.”
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