WH denies reports that Trump is softening stance on Paris climate deal


The Wall Street Journal reports that senior administration officials now plan to "renegotiate".

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.

The U.S. "stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms" of the agreement, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete told reporters from The Wall Street Journal and Agence-France Presse.

Officials from Canada, China and the European Union have been accelerating their efforts to minimize the fallout from a potential US withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

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In June, Trump announced he would leave the agreement, saying he was doing so because "I am fighting every day for the people of this country".

An informal gathering of environment ministers from around the world is underway in Montreal this weekend following the United States' decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement.

"It's clear that we need to be taking a leadership role in climate change", said McKenna.

Abandoning the accord was one of President Donald Trump's principal campaign pledges.

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But the White House promptly issued a denial.

At the time, it was seen as another abrogation of the United States' preeminent role as a global leader.

The Agence France-Presse (AFP), an worldwide news agency headquartered in Paris, didn't go quite as far, however, reporting that "a U.S. envoy has signaled that President Donald Trump may be ready to soften his stance on the Paris climate pact".

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