Trump Aides Defend His Decision to Exit Paris Climate Accord

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In the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Yale is considering joining a group of more than 80 universities that have pledged to meet the greenhouse gas emission targets laid out in the agreement, according to Vice President for Communications Eileen O'Connor.

An article in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post pointed out that the US decision "cedes global climate action leadership to China, which Trump chided in his speech, and the European Union".

Lori Robertson, managing editor of FactCheck.org which is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Centre, said there was nothing in the Paris agreement that stipulates which countries can and cannot build coal plants.

"Do you know if President Trump still believes that climate change is a hoax?"

A majority of Americans in every state, or 69 percent of USA voters, believe the United States should participate in the agreement, according to a recent opinion poll carried out by Yale University's program on climate change communication.

"Well, frankly, George, I think the whole question is an effort to get it off the point and the issue of whether Paris is good for this country or not", Pruitt said.

"Our discussion, George, has been about the agreement, the efficacy of the [Paris] agreement".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Friday he had not had the opportunity to talk to Trump about his views. That's where we spent the last several weeks, focused upon the merits and demerits of the Paris agreement.

Similar to Pruitt's comments on "This Week", at the White House press briefing Friday - the day after Trump announced that the USA was withdrawing from the Paris Accord - both the EPA chief and White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to say whether Trump still believes climate change is a hoax.

Announcing his decision to withdraw from the Paris deal, Trump had alleged that India and China have been left accountable in the agreement.

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive. "It is time for all of us to stand up, organize, fight back, and channel our energy into grassroots political action".

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