White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said Thursday that President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord because "he was elected to grow the U.S. Economy and provide great job opportunities for American citizens."
"What he believes he did today was do exactly that," Cohn told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. "He's always been committed to the American workers and American jobs and the American economy – and this is part of his approach to grow the U.S. economy."
Cohn declined to say whether Trump still believed in climate change, which he slammed on Twitter in 2012, despite repeated questioning by Blitzer.
"What the president is committed to doing is protecting the United States and growing our economy," he said. "We started out talking about regulation and regulatory reform.
"We moved on to tax and tax reform and he is committed to growing our economy and providing better job opportunities for American families and American workers – and that is what the president is committed to doing."
After Blitzer asked a fourth time, Cohn responded: "You're going to have to ask him.
"I don't know what he was believing when he did that or didn't do that. I know what he believes today.
"I know what he believes in today about the economy and jobs and American workers and creating a better America for our citizens."
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