Trump is open to discuss climate agreement, said Mattis

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The President of the United States Donald trump is open to different positions associated with the Paris climate agreement, said the Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis in an interview with CBS.

As the Minister noted, the head of the White house «wide open» for discussion of this issue.

«Of course, there is a discussion regarding our policy on this issue,» said Mattis. He noted that he «attended some of the discussions in Brussels (the NATO summit), where he discussed the climate». According to him, «the President was open to discussion.»

«He was interested to see why others took the positions that they occupy. And I am sure that the President is wide open in order to take into account the pros and cons,» — said the head of the Pentagon.

G7 leaders at the summit tried, among other things, to achieve unity in the fight against climate change, however, in the final Declaration on Saturday were forced to admit defeat for the US position, which had not joined the consensus on the Paris agreement. Trump wrote on Twitter, that will make the decision on climate change next week.

Sunday news company Axios reported with reference to informed sources that trump told circle of trusted persons about their intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Trump and the climate agreement

Trump earlier critical remarks about the document, believing that it is not in the national interest of the country. To date the US administration has not made a decision about the prospects of the country’s participation in the agreement.

In January, the Agency Reuters with reference to Myron Ebell, then head of the Agency for environmental protection, reported that trump plans to sign a decree on the withdrawal from the Paris agreement. However, later the media, citing its sources reported that the daughter trump Ivanka persuaded him to stay in the agreement.

However, in March, trump signed a decree that abolished the decree of Barack Obama on emissions from coal-fired power plants. Critics trump said that without the same emissions regulations will be difficult to comply with the Paris agreement. ExxonMobil wrote to the Trump a letter with a call not to come out of the climate agreements.

Paris climate deal — the first global climate agreement signed by 194 countries in December 2015, defines the global plan of action to curb global warming. It does not imply a renunciation of fossil fuels and emissions of carbon dioxide. However, all parties must take measures to reduce emissions, technological reequipment and adaptation to climate change.