by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Trump has decided to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, according to a report.
Two officials with knowledge of the decision told Axios that a team of officials, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, are deciding how best to withdraw. Options including leaving the agreement fully, a process that could take three years, or leaving the underlying United Nations climate change treaty, which would be more immediate.
Trump promised to leave the Paris Agreement during the campaign. Former President Barack Obama entered the U.S. into the accord last year.
Congressional Republicans opposed the climate deal, and 22 Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, sent Trump a letter urging him to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement.