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Politico: White House Aides to Discuss Paris Climate Deal Next Week

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (AP)

By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 05:19 PM

Top White House officials will meet next week to discuss America's future in the Paris climate change agreement, according to a new report.

Politico cites three officials within President Donald Trump's administration who said a high-level meeting is likely to take place Tuesday. Expected to be in attendance are National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, senior adviser Jared Kushner, and chief strategist Steve Bannon, Politico notes.

There has been much debate in the halls of the West Wing about whether the United States should remain in the 2015 agreement that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the coming years.

According to Politico, Bannon and Pruitt want Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, while Kushner and Tillerson stand on the opposite side of the issue. The other advisers have yet to take an official stance.

The website reports that next week's meeting will be the first time top aides to the president have gotten together and discussed the climate agreement that includes 194 countries.

Tillerson's stance on having the U.S. stay in the agreement jives with that of his former employer, Exxon Mobil. The oil giant sent a letter to the White House last month that asked Trump to maintain America's place in the agreement.

It was recently reported that the Department of Energy's Office of International Climate and Clean Energy was told to stop using the phrases "climate change," "emissions reduction," and "Paris Agreement" in any official written communications.

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