Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump believes climate is changing, says Nikki Haley

Trump believes climate is changing, says Nikki Haley

France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, has led the worldwide charge against the US decision to become one of just three countries - along with Syria and Nicaragua - not to abide by the Paris accord.

In his speech Thursday announcing he would withdraw the United States from the Paris accord, Trump struck a similar chord.

"The U.S. should be the leader, not the anchor holding us back by not signing the accords", McGregor added.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, also on Sunday's "Meet The Press", was one of the members of the administration to push President Trump to exit the agreement, and firmly defended the president's decision Sunday morning, including repeating his assertion that other nations around the world applauded the USA previously signing on because "it put us at an economic disadvantage". Trump could have declared the Paris Agreement a treaty, which would require the ratification in the Senate, where United States involvement would die a slow death at the hands of fossil fuel industry-financed politicians.

Kerry had signed the climate agreement in 2016, though it was never ratified in the Senate.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, left, address the Security Council after resolution vote to sanction North Korea, Friday, June 2, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. By failing to compete on clean energy, the U.S.is harming millions of American workers in the renewable energy sector, as well as reducing the competitiveness of the USA economy.

"We have nothing to be apologetic about as a country with respect to what we've done in reducing our Carbon dioxide footprint", he continued, adding that the USA still plans to remain engaged.

"All the other major players in the Paris negotiations knew it was a crap shoot", Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

France's new President, Emmanuel Macron, has led the worldwide charge against the US decision to become one of just three countries - along with Syria and Nicaragua - not to abide by the Paris accord.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", Trump said.

Haley's comments are the closest acknowledgment by an administration official since Trump took office that the President - who has called climate change a "hoax" on multiple occasions - believes global warming is occurring and humanity has a role in it. "If he did believe in it, you wouldn't pull out of Paris". The French video says the deal was "a step in the right direction".

Qassemi added that the Islamic Republic believes that the U.S. can not shirk its responsibility towards climate changes emanating from greenhouse gas emissions by its "irresponsible" withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

Similar to Pruitt's comments on "This Week", at the White House press briefing Friday - the day after Trump announced that the USA was withdrawing from the Paris Accord - both the EPA chief and White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to say whether Trump still believes climate change is a hoax.

"The whole statement seemed to suggest a complete misunderstanding of the climate problem", Reilly said.

The announcement comes the day after Donald trump chose to take the United States out of the Paris agreement.

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