U.S. attends meeting on Paris climate accord, still plans to withdraw

China has until 2030 to begin reducing emissions under the Paris Agreement

China has until 2030 to begin reducing emissions under the Paris Agreement

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that the United States could stay in the Paris Agreement on climate change under right conditions. He said that the President can still work with other members of the Paris agreement for terms that are more favorable for Americans, according to Reuters.

Arguing that countries like China and India are benefiting the most from the Paris Agreement, Trump had said that the agreement on climate change was unfair to the USA, as it badly hit its businesses and jobs.

President Trump announced in a Rose Garden speech in June that the Paris agreement - under which almost 200 nations pledged voluntary targets to cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions and to support poor countries grappling with rising global temperatures - was bad for America's economy.

Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron in a separate meeting the agreement was unfair to the United States but looked forward to discussing the issue further, said Brian Hook, director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department.

In June, the president announced that the US would exit the climate agreement, saying, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

The White House quickly denied that, but repeated that, as before, Trump could be open to a different agreement.

He said that 'we will start to renegotiate and we'll see if there's a better deal. "We firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", said a joint statement by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

In his first budget request, Trump also proposed a 31 percent reduction in funding the U.S. Environment Protection Agency.

"There has been no change in the United States' position on the Paris agreement", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters told CNN Saturday evening. The decision drew anger and condemnation from world leaders.

Announcing plans to quit the pact, Trump said in June that the agreement favored other countries at the expense of USA workers and amounted to a "massive redistribution" of US wealth.

Speaking to "Fox News Sunday", National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday's piece was a "false report", but said the "president's ears are open" if other nations want to renegotiate the deal. "If we can combine all these matters, we could make the Paris Agreement a great success".

The French will also host a meeting on the issue in NY on Thursday.

It would also flat-out reverse one of Trump's campaign promises.

The announcement was reportedly made by senior White House adviser Everett Eissenstat during a meeting of more than 30 global ministers Saturday in Montreal.

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