European Union leader urges Trump not to ditch Paris climate deal

Germany and China said Thursday they will keep to their commitments to slow or stop climate change regardless of whether or not President Donald Trump pulls the us out of the Paris Accords.

Macron said that he respected Trump's decision to leave the agreement but added "I do think it is an actual mistake both for the USA and for our planet".

Trump had earlier signalled, on the same social media platform, that he would announce his final decision on the Paris Accord during a statement at the White House Rose Garden.

"We will succeed because we are fully committed because wherever we live whoever we are we all share the same responsibility, make our planet great again", he concluded, rephrasing President Trump's campaign slogan. The the world's second largest greenhouse gas emitter and would otherwise have accounted for 21 percent of the total emissions reductions achieved by the accord through 2030. But what's really stupid about it is they're throwing out the economic opportunities that being part of the Paris agreement provide for the United States.

"But of course, we also hope to do this in cooperation with others", added Li.

The document will be published on Friday after a summit in Brussels.

China and the USA are together responsible for some 40 percent of the world's emissions and experts have warned that it is vital for both to remain in the Paris agreement if it is to have any chance of succeeding.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it clear that he thinks protecting the environment is key and that failing to guard against global warming would be "morally criminal".

Why is Donald Trump expected to pull out of the deal?

Merkel on Saturday labelled the result of the "six against one" discussion "very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory". Forty Democratic senators sent Trump a letter urging him to stay in, saying a withdrawal would hurt America's credibility and influence on the world stage.

They concluded: "We strongly urge you to show global leadership - and to make the right decision".

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"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", the leaders of the three countries said in a rare joint statement.

"I am a transatlanticist". "The Accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation".

The president could also announce that he will begin formally pulling out of the accord outright a process that would take three-and-a-half years under the standard cooling-off period for new worldwide treaties.

Juncker further said that the European stakeholder's attempts to explain the importance of the climate accord have failed. "But a rule is a rule. Not everything that is a rule, and not everything that stands in an global agreement is fake news".

The 197-member climate agreement requires every country to establish ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gasses.

The Paris agreement is created to set the world on a path toward keeping the warming of the planet "well below" a 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) rise above pre-industrial temperatures.

Republican lawmakers, including Vice President Mike Pence, were quick to offer support for the decision by President Trump, who made withdrawing or renegotiating the Paris accord one of his stances during the campaign.

"Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS (President of the US), through others in the White House and via councils, that we remain", Musk tweeted on Wednesday.

It's official: After months and months of waiting, of lunging back and forth from pro- to anti-, President Trump will take America out of the Paris agreement.

Mr Trump's chief economic adviser Gary Cohn has discussed the possibility of changing the U.S. carbon reduction targets instead of pulling out of the deal completely.