President Donald Trump has threatened to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement unless the nation meets his goals for cutting emissions, the White House said Friday.
Trump has also called for a halt to the U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and proposed scrapping the federal government’s $1 trillion climate change spending plan.
Trump’s move comes after a number of top U.N. climate change officials told the president to halt all fossil fuel extraction.
“It’s important to underscore that the United Nations has not taken a position on any specific trade deals,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
“The United States will continue to work with all nations to combat climate change and protect our environment.”
The administration also announced it will pull the U-turn on Trump’s promise to “renegotiate” the Paris Climate Agreement.
“President Trump said in the last few days that he will renegotiate the Paris Agreement,” Sanders said.
“So, he will be renegotiating that deal.”
Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, which is signed by the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Mexico, has prompted a number the world’s top climate negotiators to warn that the agreement is in danger.
“If we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change, it is imperative that the world comes together,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters in Paris.
“We must do more.”
Sanders said the president’s threat to withdraw was “a message to all of us to work together.”
“We need to work around the world to protect the planet, we need to fight the fossil fuel industry, we must reduce our emissions,” Sanders added.
Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to withdraw the United State from the climate agreement, has repeatedly called on countries to work to reduce emissions.
On Thursday, he vowed to renegotiate an agreement that he has repeatedly decried as unfair.
“I have a message for the United Nation, the world and the United states,” Trump told reporters at a news conference.
“Don’t even think about renegotiating the Paris Accord.
You’re not going to get any more countries.
You know, that’s a tough one.”
“I will not be a party to the Paris Accords,” Trump added.
“You know, I will tell you this: The Paris Accord has been a disaster.
I want to get the countries that are not working on it to work on it.
I don’t want them to leave the Paris Convention.
So, I’m not going anywhere on it.”
Trump also called on the United Arab Emirates to sign on to the deal, which was agreed upon by 193 countries.
Sanders said Trump has not offered an offer of any sort to the countries.
“He has not made any offer on the Paris accord.
We’ve heard that before,” Sanders told Fox News.
“And that’s what we’ve heard.
We haven’t heard anything that we haven’t already heard.”