Trump's top economic aide to meet with foreign climate officials

Trump's top economic aide to meet with foreign climate officials
© Greg Nash

President Trump’s top economic adviser is planning to meet next week with top energy and climate officials from major foreign countries.

A Trump administration official said Tuesday that Gary Cohn is planning the breakfast meeting next Monday, amid cleanup from two major Atlantic hurricanes and months after Trump announced a withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

The meeting will be in New York City in advance of the annual United Nations General Assembly there.

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An invitation to the meeting called it “an opportunity for key ministers with responsibility for these issues to engage in an informal exchange of views and discuss how we can move forward most productively,” according to The New York Times, which first reported on the plans.

The official said the National Economic Council director is organizing the meeting to help the Trump administration figure out where it will go on climate policy after the Paris pullout announcement.

Trump said at the time of the June announcement that he would be open to re-engaging on the international climate stage in some way, including negotiating a new pact.

But the administration hasn’t laid out specific parameters for such re-engagement, and leaders of other nations have not expressed an openness to it.