The governments heads of Italy, France, and Germany Thursday flatly rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to renegotiate the Paris climate accord.
“We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies,” the leaders of the three countries said in a joint statement.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump had announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris agreement and immediately begin negotiations to re-enter on terms that are “fair to the United States.”
The statement by French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicates that Europe would rather keep the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement than permit the U.S. to re-enter on more favorable terms. That likely means that the U.S. will remain out of the agreement for the foreseeable future.
Donald Trump is pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement that Barack Obama entered
President says he is protecting American jobs and accuses treaty of being designed to redistribute U.S. wealth to other countries
‘I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh not Paris,’ he said – ‘It is time to make America great again.’
Obama reacted before Trump even finishing speaking, saying action means U.S. joins a small handful of nations that reject the future’
Trump told ‘foreign leaders in Europe, Asia and across the world’ they would not have a say over American jobs and American growth
Syria and Nicaragua are only other countries not in deal whose backers say is vital to stopping average temperatures growing by more than 2C this century
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were said to have lobbied to stay in – and were not at the Rose Garden to witness the decision being announced