Just one hour after Donald Trump said that he was withdrawing the United States from the global climate accord negotiated in Paris - saying that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris" - the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, offered refuge in France to American climate scientists.
Kushner, on the other hand, came around to the view that the standards set out in the agreement did not work for the USA economy, a senior administration official said.
Although Trump announced the withdrawal from the agreement, he is still open to negotiating an alternative climate deal.
Both Bannon and Miller are seen as key architects of Trump's "America First" agenda, which is aimed at ensuring USA interests are taken into account over a globalist view.Although there had been some discussion of keeping the United States in the Paris accord, while changing its carbon emissions commitments, as a way of maintaining global unity, in the end, Trump made a decision to cut the cord entirely."I think the president's legal team felt very strongly that it was best, that the cleanest way to address it was to just get out", a senior administration official told reporters.
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Trump received support from his decision from Republican allies.
"You can withdraw from a climate agreement but not from climate change, Mr Trump", Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz tweeted.
In his announcement, Trump said he feels a duty to represent Americans in pulling out of the agreement.
He added that while France would continue to work with the United States on other matters, it would no longer discuss climate issues.More news: Mets reportedly fire employee who flipped off fan as Mr. Met
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In a TV broadcast made both in French and English, Macron said he believed that Trump had made a historic mistake, and invited frustrated USA climate scientists and entrepreneurs to come and work in France.
"They will find in France a second homeland", he said. I call on them: "'Come here with us to work together on concrete solutions for our climate'".
In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May told Trump that the climate accord was a safety net for future generations, Downing Street said.
Noting that Trump said he had had "extensive discussions" with people on both sides of the climate debate, it said: "One can only assume that Trump has very good reasons to leave the Paris agreement, and that he knows the implications of US retreat from the landmark deal".
"Unfortunately, the first to suffer from this injudicious decision is the American people", the group, an alliance of climate activists, said.
Trump's decision is considered a win for Republicans and pulls the USA - the second-largest producer of carbon dioxide - out of a almost 200-nation agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Oxfam France branded the decision as "shameful and irresponsible, scorning people and world peace".
"The future is in newer, cleaner and renewable technologies, not in fossil fuels", said the society's president, Venki Ramakrishnan. "President Trump is not putting America first, he is tethering it to the past".