President Donald Trump won't decide whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement until after he returns from the Group of Seven summit later this month, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday.
Spicer said Trump is continuing to hear from advisers on the pros and cons of remaining in the global accord. He'd originally planned to make the decision before traveling to the May 26-27 G7 summit in Italy.
"It's a sign that the president wants to continue to meet with his team . . . and come to a decision on what's [in] the best interest of the United States," Spicer told reporters, Reuters reported.
Trump's advisers and cabinet heads were divided over whether Trump should keep his campaign promise to pull the United States out of the agreement — or stay and try to reshape it, Reuters reported.
According to Reuters, Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both senior advisers, as well as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are in favor of remaining; Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and senior adviser Steve Bannon have urged Trump to withdraw.
"The president has been meeting with his team for quite a while on this matter," Spicer said at the afternoon briefing, Politico reported.
The United States, alongside more than 100 other countries, signed onto the accord under former President Barack Obama that aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions in member countries.
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