Trump does believe in climate change, says United Nations envoy

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Mr Trump announced his decision to pull out of the Paris accord, blaming, among other things, India and China, who he said were benefiting unfairly with billions of dollars.

"The White House's reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet".

"What we want to do is say is we are a sovereign country.

These groups will take vigorous and ambitious actions to address climate change, and we will communicate those actions in a transparent and accountable way to the U.N. The United States can, and will, meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement".

Ms Haley said the terms of the worldwide agreement curbing global emissions - signed by every country but Nicaragua and Syria - were "too onerous" and placed American firms at a disadvantage.

"President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that equation", she said. "I am sure the U.S. will rethink its decision", he said.

In his speech, Trump claimed that the celebration surrounding the signing of the agreement - which involved 195 nations - was fueled by placing the a "very, very big economic disadvantage".

More than 1,000 governors, mayors, businesses and others are committing to uphold the goals of the Paris climate change agreement. "We will always be leaders in the environment".

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said withdrawing from the accord was based on sound financial reasoning.

Trump has referred to this whole issue as being a hoax in the past, and he has become quite famous for being a climate change denier.

In a speech delivered on 1 June, Trump argued that the current deal puts the USA at a disadvantage and called for a fresh round of negotiations to reach a new, "fairer" accord. In 2015, Trump told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he was "not a believer in man-made global warming", but in November 2016, he told The New York Times that there was "some connectivity" between human activity and climate change.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer also refused to answer repeated questions on the subject.