President Trump has decided to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, according to a report on Wednesday.
Trump met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday and he and a small team of advisers are working out the details of when and how the US would step away from the agreement intended to curb carbon emissions worldwide, Axios reported.
Pruitt and the team are considering either a full, formal withdrawal – a process that could take three years – or clean break.
Trump had been telling confidants over the past week that he was going to pull out of the deal, a belief that was reinforced by a letter he received from 22 Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging him to ditch it.
The 2015 accord, signed on by 195 nations and brokered by former President Obama, was a point of contention between Trump and the leaders of the Group of Seven leaders last week during their summit in Italy.
Trump, who in the past has called climate change a “hoax,” refused to say whether he would remain in the agreement, leading German Chancellor Angela Merkel to remark: “The whole discussion about climate has been difficult, or rather very unsatisfactory.”