Merkel: It was right not to gloss over differences with U.S

But now there is a new story out, and whether it is true or not is uncertain and I feel that putting it in a headline would be wrong, but one website is saying that they were told by White House "confidants" of the president that he is indeed planning to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement, reports The Hill.

A report from the Axios news outlet, however, cited "three sources with direct knowledge" as saying Trump had told confidants including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, that he plans to pull the USA out of the deal.

Word of Trump's decision comes a day after the president met with Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Climate change believers are anxious that America's withdrawal from the Paris Climate deal may ultimately sink the entire agreement.

Trump's response on his return to the White House on Sunday, even as he and his family are lawyering up for upcoming investigations: It's all fake news.

But there are virtually no signs he plans to remain in the agreement as it now stands.

Mr Trump tweeted after the summit: "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!"

Trump's surprise announcement, in the form of a tweet on the final day of his lengthy global trip, comes after Trump declined to commit to staying in a sweeping climate deal, refusing to give into intense worldwide pressure. Trump's cabinet itself is said to be divided on the issue, but the President is a known skeptic of global warming data and is beholden to America's coal country and blue collar workers for his electoral college win.

The statement reads, "The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics". He then tweeted that he would make an announcement this week.

The reporter followed up, asking if Trump is still deciding on that question. But a French official, speaking anonymously to describe the two men's conversation, indicted Trump offered few signs he was ready to remain in the Paris agreement. "All others have confirmed their total agreement on the accord".

Angela Merkel sounded yesterday as though she had given up trying to persuade...

"The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory", she told reporters, labelling the G7 deadlock as "six against one". The U.S., he said, is "well positioned to compete" with the agreement in place and staying in means "a seat at the negotiating table to ensure a level playing field".

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He remains an influential confidant within the White House, as does his wife, Ivanka Trump. On the President's position on climate change: "I can't say".

Later, during a campaign stop, Merkel escalated her barbs against Trump, suggesting the United States was no longer a reliable ally for Germany. "Very bad for U.S. This will change".

That sounds a lot like the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is a growing source of tension between Ottawa and Washington, D.C., as last week Trump began the countdown to renegotiate its terms.

Trump's decision this week will come after months of pressuring from competing interests.

Backing out of the climate accord had been a central plank of Trump's campaign and aides have been exploring whether they can adjust the framework of the deal even if they don't opt out entirely.

"Countries are more likely to withdraw or renege on their actions because the USA misses its target, eliminates its financing and reveals how weak the Paris Agreement really is".

Guterres said that if the USA does exit the agreement, it is important that cities, states and businesses in the country remain engaged with the goals the deal outlined.

Foreign Policy has reported that inside the White House itself, divisions are clear.

Tillerson's former employer Exxon Mobil, along with dozens of other U.S. firms, have also been proponents of remaining in the agreement. The thinking is that the White House doesn't want Pruitt to steal the spotlight from what it would see as a win for the president.

Gutteres argued "it is absolutely essential that the world fulfill the Paris Agreement". "There will be ripple effects from the United States' choices across the world", Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe said to the Associated Press.

"The Trump administration's stance against action is sand in the gears of climate change action".

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy.

"If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it", said Guterres, who went on to explain what consequences such an exit could have for the US.

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