US says withdrawing from Paris climate accord, unless terms change
Trump had earlier named India and China among the reasons he called the Paris Accord unfair to the United States.world Updated: Sep 17, 2017 08:05 IST
The White House insisted Saturday the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord without more favorable terms even though European diplomats sense a softening in the US position.
“There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an email.
“As the president has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favourable to our country,” she said.
In June, President Donald Trump had announced he was withdrawing the United States from the historic Paris Accord, saying it was bad for his country and its economy but kept the door open for a “new transaction” on terms that are fair to the US.
Trump named India and China among the reasons he called the Paris Accord unfair to the United States.
“We’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. If we can, that’s great,” President Trump said in a speech at the White House, and went on to add, to cheers from aides and supporters in the audience, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”