By: Samantha Berdini
President Donald Trump is expected to follow through on his campaign pledge to draw the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, a senior official briefed on the decision told CNN. A resolution many say is sure to damage relationships with U.S. allies.
White House officials have warned that the method for withdrawal has not yet been decided, and plans are subject to change until Trump makes a final statement later this week.
Following a number of news reports on Wednesday, Trump tweeted:
I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Trump, who has previously called climate change hoax, refused to support the climate change accord at the G7 summit of wealthy nations, on Saturday.
The U.S. is the world’s second biggest carbon monoxide emitter behind China, according to the Energy Information Agency. An EU official told Associated Press that EU and China will reaffirm their commitment to the agreement regardless of Trump’s decision.
The decision will put the United States in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world’s only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.