Majority Leader Mitch McConnell headlined a group of 22 ranking Republican senators who sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday exhorting him to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, Axios reported.
The letter — also signed by John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee — is aimed at leaning on Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw.
Trump has been mulling a change of heart at the behest of his daughter Ivanka, Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Axios reported.
"Because of existing provisions within the Clean Air Act and others embedded in the Paris Agreement, remaining in it would subject the United States to significant litigation risk that could upend your Administration's ability to fulfill its goal of rescinding the Clean Power Plan. Accordingly, we strongly encourage you to make a clean break from the Paris Agreement," the senators wrote in the letter.
Trump, in the midst of his first foreign trip, is getting lobbied by European leaders — as well as the pope — to keep the U.S. in the climate deal.
Tillerson said the president won't make a decision until after he returns.
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