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Trump prepares to formally withdraw U.S. from Paris Climate Accord

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Trump prepares to formally exit from Paris accord

The White House is beginning to prepare to formally withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, according to reporting from the New York Times.

The official withdrawal would cement a promise President Trump made in the White House Rose Garden in 2017, where he first announced his intention to withdraw from the global climate change agreement signed by every other country.

Trump can formally begin the yearlong withdrawal process on Nov. 4, allowing the U.S. to finalize the process on the same date in 2020 – just one day after the presidential election.

Trump was widely expected to announce the formality during a Wednesday speech in Pittsburgh but instead bashed the deal.

“I withdrew the United States from the terrible, one-sided Paris Climate accord. It was a total disaster,” Trump told crowds gathered at a natural gas event, before repeating a line from when he first pledged to leave the deal, saying “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

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