United States could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate accord: President Donald Trump

Henrietta Strickland
January 14, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States "could conceivably" return to the Paris Climate Accord, which sets out a global action plan to avoid unsafe climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

The Paris agreement was created within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and has been ratified by 170 countries out of the 197 parties to the convention.

"Norway is combatting climate change - it's an important issue for us and we are committed to the Paris agreement", Solberg said during a joint news conference with Trump.

"It put great penalties on us".

Trump appears to be reading directly from a script when he talks about the deal for the non-existent fighter, so it's possible that he misread-although he clearly makes no effort to correct himself-or that the script itself was somehow wrong.

"It treated the United States very unfairly", he said.

"One of the great assets of Norway is a thing called water", Trump said.

"In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets", Mr Trump told reporters.

Moreover, the agreement hurt US businesses overall and gave advantages to other countries such as China, Trump added.

Trump's meeting with Solberg was the first foreign leader visit with the president in 2018. Whereas as an example China, by 2030, they don't kick in until 2030.

"I feel very strongly about the environment", he said. "Our EPA (environment protection agency) and our EPA commissioners are very, very powerful, in the sense that they want to have clean water, clean air, but we also want businesses that can compete", he said. "I'm not going to let that happen", Trump asserted.

"The Paris accord really would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen, I'm not going to let this happen", President Trump said.

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