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Trump is about change mind over Paris agreement
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15.12.2017

Trump is about change mind over Paris agreement

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The pair were thought to clash over the deal, which the US pulled out of a few weeks ago.

Mr Macron said this afternoon: “Regarding climate, we have a number of disagreements due to the commitments of President Trump during the presidential campaign.

“I’m aware of how important that is but we talked about our disagreement and discussed the matter even before president Trump reached a decision.”
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The global climate agreement was signed by nearly 200 countries in December 2015 in an effort to combat global warming and help poorer countries adapt to an already-changed planet. 

But Mr Trump pulled out of the deal this year, in a move which shocked allies in Europe.

The US President called the accord “very unfair” - hitting out at greenhouse gas emission goals and financing provisions he claimed benefited foreign nations like France over the United States.
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In a speech on June 1, he said: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

Mr Macron in turn issued a series of provocative statements against the US decision to renege on the commitment to the deal, including inviting American scientists to continue their work in France and highlighting a climate alliance with China.

But speaking at a press conference in Paris this evening, the pair revealed they had held discussions about the deal and whether the US would ever rejoin.
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And Mr Trump hinted he could change his mind, saying: "If it happens that will be wonderful and if it doesn't that will be ok too."

He appeared to leave the matter open-ended, adding: "We'll see what happens". 
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