President Donald Trump said on Wednesday night that he will announce his decision on the United States's participation in the Paris climate deal at 3 pm (1900 GMT) on Thursday.
"I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3 pm at The White House Rose Garden. Make America great again!" the United States leader tweeted, repeating his populist campaign slogan.
I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00 P.M. The White House Rose Garden. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2017
Trump has not said which way he is leaning, but United States media have reported that a pullout was likely. However, the United States senator Bernie Sanders tweeted saying that it would be a 'horrific mistake' if Trump pulls out from the Paris climate agreement and United States should ensure an aggressive transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.
If President Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, it will be a horrific mistake. — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 31, 2017
No matter what Trump says or does, the people of the United States and the world will not turn their backs on this crisis.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 31, 2017
We must continue to work to aggressively transition our energy system away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy and energy efficiency. — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 31, 2017
Earlier Trump had announced his decision on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate deal "very soon", as media reports said that a United States exit was likely.
Trump was responding to questions from reporters on Wednesday about whether he plans to withdraw the United States from the landmark global agreement, a major foreign policy legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama.
"You're going to find out very soon," he said when pressed further on the withdrawal. "I'm hearing from a lot of people, both ways. Both ways."
Two major news outlets, Axis and CBS News reported that the United States president had made a decision to withdraw from the climate change agreement and the administration has been informing world leaders about it.
According to United States senators, leaving the climate pact would result in strengthening India and China's economy at the cost of America.
"By succumbing to pressure from administrator Scott Pruitt and other advisors, President Trump is ceding the future to the Germans, the Chinese, the Indians, and other nations rather than having the United States continue to lead the world on clean energy solutions," said democrat Ed Markey.
Another democratic senator, Jeff Markley, tweeted that "An American retreat is great for the economies of China and India, and terrible for US economy."
Earlier, a White House official said Trump was expected to pull out of the deal, but added that there could be "caveats."
European leaders pushed Trump to stay in the Paris pact during his recent overseas trip. His advisors are divided on the move.
Several Democrats have spoken out against the "misguided" step saying it could potentially damage not only the environment, but also the economy.
"If President Trump decides to remove the United States from this agreement, it will weaken our standing globally allowing other countries to adopt leading roles when it comes to our shared responsibility to protect our planet for future generations," said house democratic Caucus chairman Joe Crowley.
In a tweet, Trump had said he would be announcing his decision on the 2015 deal in the next few days.
"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris accord over the next few days. Make America great again!," Trump said.
"Details on just how exactly the United States will be withdrawing are still being worked out by a team that includes EPA administrator Scott Pruitt," CBS News reported.
"A full, formal withdrawal could take up to three years to execute, unravelling one of former President Barack Obama's major achievements in office to reduce the impacts of climate change," it added.
The Pruitt team is deciding on whether to initiate a full, formal withdrawal which could take three years — or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty, which would be faster but more extreme, Axis reported.
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: Jun 01, 2017 05:01 AM | Updated Date: Jun 01, 2017 17:02 PM