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'US could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate deal,' says Trump

14 January 2018, 03:09 | Jodi Jackson

U.S. President Trump holds joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg at the White House in Washington Thomson Reuters

Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington U.S

In her opening remarks at a joint news conference with the President, the prime minister brought up the subject of climate change-which Trump once deemed a "hoax" crafted by the Chinese-and stated her support for the Paris agreement on the issue from which Trump has withdrawn the U.S.

In a rambling and barely coherent defence of his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Donald Trump has opened the door to the possibility the United States "could conceivably go back in" to the Agreement.

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said last month that he believed Mr Trump would bring America back into the agreement, raising hopes for an about-turn. It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business.

In June, Trump withdrew the USA from the Paris Agreement on climate change and made a decision to renegotiate the deal that was agreed upon by over 190 countries during the previous Obama administration.

Norway's head Solberg countered Trump's claim by noting that "there are business opportunities" posed by the Paris accord.

Trump ripped the agreement Wednesday as "very unfair to the United States". It put great penalties on us. It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business. "It took a lot of our asset values". "We are a country rich in gas and coal and oil". It hurt our businesses.


He noted that other nations - China, for instance - would have until 2030 to abide by the Paris conditions.

During the briefing, Trump appeared to stress that his administration is "very strong" on the environment.

"I feel very strongly about the environment... but we also want businesses that can compete".

Solberg says Norway is "really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States".

Trump reiterated that the USA could "conceivably" return to the agreement but he added, "The Paris accord really would have taken away our competitive edge and we're not going to let that happen - I'm not going to let that happen". "I'm not going to let it happen". And we're not going to let that happen.



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