Trump likely to withdraw US from Paris climate accord, senior WH official says

Trump had delayed a decision.

— -- President Trump is likely to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a move that would fulfill a key campaign promise and upend a signature achievement of his predecessor, administration officials told ABC News.

Although the officials caution no decision is final until the president officially announces it, the White House is now working on how to roll out the announcement and explain the reasons behind Trump's decision.

Trump tweeted Wednesday night that he will announce his decision on Thursday at 3 p.m.

The president is also facing intense eleventh-hour lobbying from both inside and outside the administration to keep the United States as part of the accord. At the center of it: Gary Cohn, the president’s chief economic adviser – and a Democrat - who supports staying in.

White House sources characterize Trump as about 95 percent decided on pulling out of the deal, and one source says the motivation behind today’s leak to Axios, which first reported the president was definitely backing out of the Paris accord, may be to force the president into making a decision on this once and for all.

On Twitter, Trump teased the announcement of his decision as imminent this week.

Though he regularly criticized the climate deal on the campaign trail, Trump has been mulling a decision on whether to withdraw or remain in the Paris climate deal for some time.

Before being sworn into office, Trump told The New York Times in a November interview that he was looking at the climate accord "very closely" and that he has "an open mind to it.”

The issue of climate change and the U.S. stance in the Paris climate accord was also pushed on Trump during the G-7 summit in Sicily last week.

“He came here to learn,” Trump chief economic adviser Gary Cohn said at the G-7 summit Friday. “So his views are evolving, which is exactly what they should be.”

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