President Trump will announce his decision on the Paris Agreement "in the next few days," he tweeted this morning.
The announcement comes amid heavy speculation that Trump has already made a decision to pull out of the global climate change agreement. Axios reported this morning that Trump is working with U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on whether to formally withdraw from the accord, a multiyear process, or take the faster but more dire step of exiting the underlying United Nations treaty.
The White House has not confirmed the report, and several career staffers in the State Department told E&E News this morning they had not been told of a decision.
"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Trump tweeted.
If Trump pulls out, the president will be making good on his campaign promise to "cancel" U.S. participation in the deal, which the vast majority of the rest of the world has approved. The U.S. would join Syria and Nicaragua as the only members of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change that are not party to the deal. A total of 195 countries have signed it.
But businesses including oil companies like Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. lobbied the administration over the past few months to stay within the deal, arguing it would provide a "seat at the table" for the U.S. to safeguard the interests of domestic businesses.