Donald Trump reportedly decides to pull out of Paris climate change agreement

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G7 Leaders Meet In Sicily
Trump met with other G7 leaders in Sicily over the weekend (Source: Getty)

US President Donald Trump has decided to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement, according to reports.

Trump said at a G7 summit on Satuday that he would decide whether to withdraw from the Paris accord this week. Today, he revealed via Twitter that he would announce his decision in the next few days.

According to Axios reports from last weekend, he had told confidants he plans to leave the landmark international agreement. The news outlet cited three sources with direct knowledge in its report that the President had told multiple people in private, including the Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, that he will withdraw the US from the deal.

The G7 leaders noted they had failed to settle differences over climate change with Trump at the summit in Sicily.

"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," the group said.

"Understanding this process, the heads of state and of government of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom and the presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement."

What is the Paris accord?
The Paris agreement is the world's first comprehensive climate agreement, which aims to keep the global average rise in temperatures below 20C. And to ensure that happens, countries have committed to reducing their carbon emissions.

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