Donald Trump dumps Paris climate accord but offers to renegotiate

Some critics claimed the President ignored his diplomatic and economic advisers in favour of chief strategist Stephen Bannon, in a desperate bid to rally loyal supporters as investigations deepen into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.

“The President threw a political temper tantrum and the international community should ignore it,” said Nigel Purvis, a former US climate change negotiator. He said the call to renegotiate made “no sense”, because under the non-legally binding Paris climate deal, President Trump was already allowed to weaken US commitments and stay in the agreement.

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