President Trump's views on the Paris climate deal “absolutely are evolving” after he heard other world leaders’ opinions on climate change during a Group of Seven (G7) meeting on Friday, the White House said.
Trump and other G7 leaders discussed the environment and Paris climate agreement for about 20 minutes during a meeting in Italy on Friday.
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“I think his views are evolving,” Cohn told reporters Friday. “He came here to learn, he came here to get smarter and he came here to hear people’s views.”
Cohn added, “His basis for decision ultimately is going to be what’s best for the United States.”
Trump did not say when he would make a decision on the United States’ involvement in the Paris climate deal, an international pact designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Officials are still writing the official G7 pronouncement on climate change, and Cohn said he couldn’t preview what that might look like.
“He said, ‘This is something where I want to get to the right decision, so I’d rather take my time, I’d rather understand the issues and I’d rather get to the right decision on that,' " Cohn said of Trump.
The vast majority of countries support the Paris deal and several have lobbied Trump to stay in the agreement.
“We made it clear that we want the U.S. to stick to its commitments," Merkel said, according to Bloomberg News.
The White House has said Trump will make a decision on the Paris deal after this week’s G7 summit.