The United States' stance on the worldwide Paris climate accord was thrown into confusion on Saturday, after a top European Union official said the Trump administration would not withdraw from the agreement - a claim on which the White House has since pushed back.
"Trump administration officials said Saturday the USA wouldn't pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the worldwide deal to fight climate change, according to the European Union's top energy official", the outlet reported. "As the President has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms more favorable to our country", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Business Insider in a statement. According to the Wall Street Journal, the answer might be yes.
However, in response to the Journal report a White House official tells NBC News that there has been "no change" to the US' position on the Paris climate agreement, which President Trump had committed to pulling out of in June.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to military personnel and families at Joint Base Andrews Maryland, U.S., September 15, 2017.
The White House immediately disavowed on Saturday a Wall Street Journal report suggesting the Trump administration is reversing its stated intention of abandoning the Paris climate accord.
Withdrawing was one of Trump's key promises during his presidential campaign.
Canada's environment minister Catherine McKenna said during the Montreal summit that the Paris climate agreement was crucial to advancing the climate action agenda.
The U.S. has the world's second highest level of greenhouse-gas emissions, which drive global warming, behind China. "The United States can do whatever it wants either way".
"We're getting out", Trump said at the time.