Some in WH thought Paris deal opponents used dubious data to convince Trump: report

Some in WH thought Paris deal opponents used dubious data to convince Trump: report
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Some administration officials who opposed leaving the Paris climate deal think their colleagues used dubious data to convince President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE to do so, according to The Washington Post.

Pro-Paris figures in the White House thought Trump was presented with misleading or out-of-date information about the international climate accord, the report said.

The debate over whether to stay in the Paris deal split the administration. White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOklahoma AG resigns following news of divorce, alleged affair Court sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues Scientific integrity, or more hot air? MORE and White House counsel Don McGahn favored exiting the pact.


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly pressed Trump to stay in.

Bannon and Pruitt frequently showed Trump data and statistics showing what they said would be the deal’s negative impact on the economy, the report said.

“They were presenting facts and figures,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said. “They were really important. That was the evidentiary case.”

Trump on Thursday said he was formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate deal, which includes nearly 200 nations.

“The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” he said at the White House Rose Garden.

“We are getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that is fair,” Trump added.

The 2015 agreement consisted of individual greenhouse gas limits each signatory nation determined for itself.

The U.S. had pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025 as part of the nonbinding deal.