The White House on Saturday denied reports that the Trump administration is no longer seeking to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, a claim made by the European Union’s top energy official.
“There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement. As the President has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country,” said White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters in a statement.
Multiple reports emerged on Saturday that said the administration had appeared to soften its stance toward the deal which Trump called “unfair at the highest level to the United States” in June.
“The U.S. has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete told the AFP. The Wall Street Journal on Saturday also reported that Trump was not planning to pull out of the deal.