President Donald Trump is expected withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to multiple reports.
Axios first reported the decision, citing “two sources with direct knowledge of the decision.” ABC News, CBS News and CNN have also confirmed the move. Citing a senior White House official, ABC said the administration is working on how to roll out the decision.
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
CNN reports Trump met Tuesday with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has pushed for withdrawal, and meets Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who supports remaining in the deal.
Signed a little more than year ago by 195 nations, the Paris deal is meant to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and is seen as one of former President Barack Obama’s biggest triumphs. But Trump, pushing a renewed commitment to fossil fuels, heavily criticized the agreement throughout the 2016 campaign.
A formal withdrawal would take three years, but that could be expedited if the U.S. pulls out of an underlying UN treaty.
Other key allies reaffirmed their commitment to the deal just last week during the president’s overseas trip, which concluded with meetings in Europe where world leaders emphasized the importance of the deal.
Also last week, a letter from at least 22 Republican senators urged the president to pull out of the deal.
The U.S. is the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, according to the EPA. The U.S. produces 15 percent of global emissions, behind the 30 percent produced by China, which has agreed to the deal and urged the U.S. remain committed to the agreement.