President Trump told reporters at a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg Wednesday that he might reverse his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.
“I will say that the Paris agreement, as drawn and as we signed, was very unfair to the United States. It put great penalties on us. It made it very difficult for us to deal in terms of business. It took away a lot of our asset values,” he said of the pact that includes every other member state of the United Nations, including war-torn Syria.
Trump also said he has “no problem” with the climate agreement, “but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because as usual, they made a bad deal.”
“So we could conceivably go back in,” Trump said, without expanding on what would have to happen or change.
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The Obama administration promised in the pact to reduce the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025.
The Trump administration explored the possibility of changing that pledge, since it is not binding under international law, but decided against it.
While Trump announced the exit in June, the accord does not allow nations to submit exit paperwork until November 2019, to be effective in November 2020.
When announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement, Trump kept the door open to rejoining the pact “on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”
Since then, Trump administration officials have reiterated and clarified the president’s position of possibly reentering.
“He left the door open to re-entering at some later time if there can be a better deal for the United States,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in September.
“I think under the right conditions, the president said he’s open to finding those conditions where we can remain engaged with others on what we all agree is still a challenging issue,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at the time.