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McMaster: Trump Open To Reentering Paris Accord To Advance US 'Prosperity'

20 September 2017

"We all have our doubts about whether or not that's going to be enough", McMaster said of the United Nations action.

Our position on the Paris agreement has not changed.

Those terms are unclear, other than Trump gets to be the dealmaker, okay?

Appearing on "Fox & Friends" on Sunday, Trump counsellor Kellyanne Conway dismissed the sourcing of the report, saying "somebody representing the European Union made some noises", and that the Trump "hasn't changed at all" on Paris.

Washington has said it would participate in United Nations climate change meetings during the withdrawal process, which is expected to take at least three years.

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He said they're looking at "how to protect the American people better, how to ensure that we know who these people are who are moving".

But other advisers seemed to send more mixed messages.

The former vice president, whose recent movie, "An Inconvenient Sequel", follows the initial "An Inconvenient Truth", said he's hoping the administration "will lower its ambitions stated in Paris but remain in the Paris agreement".

"I read that news and I went: complete rumour".

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster also said on ABC's This Week program that Trump was open to "any discussions that will help us improve the environment". In a handy explainer, the New York Times notes that the agreement is non-binding; it was created to work through "peer pressure and diplomacy". But Trump has also been known to change his mind, as he did in April with the North American Free Trade Agreement. The story notes that these new terms are "likely to entail a significant reduction in the U.S.'s ambition to curb greenhouse-gas emissions". Staying in the accord is not out of the realm of possibility if that happens, as the Secretary of State said on Sunday, Sep.17. On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tossed additional fuel on the fire, when he said on CBS' "Face The Nation", that he thought the USA could stay in the agreement "under the right conditions". The decision drew anger and condemnation from world leaders.

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He said the United States' voluntary commitment to the deal was "really out of balance" relative to other economies.

He claimed the agreement would cost the U.S. 6.5 million jobs - while rival economies like China and India were treated more favourably.

Mr Macron speaks just after Mr Trump on the opening day of the General Assembly on Tuesday and the issue of climate change looms as a head-to-head split between the pair.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday the United States could remain in the Paris climate accord under the right conditions. In March, he signed an executive order rolling back most of the Obama-era environmental regulations that the previous administration had used as a USA down payment toward its nationally determined contributions.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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McMaster: Trump Open To Reentering Paris Accord To Advance US 'Prosperity'