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White House advisers postpone Paris climate deal meeting


President Donald Trump is expected to make a final decision on whether to withdraw sometime this month, perhaps as soon as this week. | Getty

A key meeting of White House advisers to discuss the Paris climate change agreement won’t happen Tuesday as planned.

A source familiar with the issue told POLITICO late Monday night that the meeting has been postponed. A White House spokeswoman confirmed that the meeting is being rescheduled.

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It’s unclear when that will occur.

It is the second time that a key meeting to discuss the Paris agreement has been delayed.

Trump’s advisers remain divided over the accord, which won the backing of 195 nations in 2015. The president is expected to make a final decision on whether to withdraw sometime this month, perhaps as soon as this week.

European countries and other U.S. allies are strongly encouraging the U.S. to remain in the agreement, and Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is also said to support staying, along with others such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. But senior White House adviser Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt have called for the U.S. to withdraw, as Trump had promised during the presidential campaign.


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