2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday expressed his support for the U.S. to remain in the Paris climate accord, arguing it was an opportunity to remain a leader on the world stage.
“Affirmation of the Paris Agreement is not only about the climate: It is also about America being the global leader,” Romney tweeted.
Affirmation of the #ParisAgreement is not only about the climate: It is also about America remaining the global leader.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 31, 2017
Romney’s tweet comes after reports surfaced Wednesday that President Trump would pull out of the 195-nation deal negotiated under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBill Maher, Isiah Thomas score over the NFL's playing of 'Black national anthem' Democrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' White House debates vaccines for air travel MORE in 2015.
Pulling out of the agreement would be a dramatic reversal from the Obama administration’s stance on the deal.
Several figures in the administration have pushed for Trump to remain in the agreement, including top White House advisers Gary Cohn and first daughter Ivanka Trump.
Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, also joins Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in favoring the U.S. staying in the agreement.
Romney was considered for the position of secretary of State late last year, before Tillerson was ultimately picked.
Trump tweeted Wednesday he would be announcing his final decision on the agreement in “the next few days.”
I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017