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Trump Reportedly Told Close Associates U.S. Will Leave Paris Climate Agreement

President Donald Trump stands in front of a U.S. flag at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, on Saturday.

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President Trump may be trying to build suspense about the future of the Paris agreement on climate change, but he has told several people he plans to leave the deal, according to Axios. Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to give a sort of season-finale tone to the crucial decision: “I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!”

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Yet several key people, including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have been told the decision has been made. Axios cautions Trump is known for changing his mind:

Although Trump made it clear during the campaign and in multiple conversations before his overseas trip that he favored withdrawal, he has been known to abruptly change his mind — and often floats notions to gauge the reaction of friends and aides. On the trip, he spent many hours with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, powerful advisers who back the deal.

In Brussels, Trump told French leader Emmanuel Macron that he is under “heavy” pressure regarding the climate deal, reports CNN. “A lot of people in my country are against this agreement,” Trump allegedly said.

Trump was scheduled to meet with heads of energy companies and other big corporations over the next few days to discuss the Paris climate deal, reports Reuters. But it’s now unclear whether the meetings will still take place if the commander in chief has already made up his mind.

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