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Trump says USA could stay in Paris climate accord

Trump says USA could stay in Paris climate accord

The U.S. can possibly reenter the Paris climate agreement, President Donald Trump said in a joint conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Last summer, Trump said the United States would pull out of the agreement, although legally speaking the USA can not leave the treaty until 2020.

President Donald Trump says the economic ties between the United States and Norway are "robust and growing" and he's pointing to their work in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance to counter security threats.

"I will say that the Paris Agreement, as drawn and as we signed, was very unfair to the United States".

The President - who has been a vocal champion of the U.S. fossil fuel industries as well as frequently voicing climate change scepticism - said the Paris Agreement signalled a "tremendous penalty" for using gas, coal and oil energy, suggesting the deal was harsher on USA interests than Russian and China.

"The Paris accord really would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen", he said.

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In July, she dissented Trump's choice to forbid transgender individuals from the military at a rally at the White House. In his announcement, Obama said that Manning's sentence was "unbalanced" to those looked by different informants.

Norway's head Solberg countered Trump's claim by noting that "there are business opportunities" posed by the Paris accord.

The conservative prime minister had said before the meeting that she'd put climate on the agenda in the bilateral talks.

The treaty takes a bottom-up approach, with each country making its own commitments towards reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions, and preparing for climate change.

"It wasn't a major topic, I must tell you, we talked about other things, including mostly trade", said Trump, who boasted that the U.S. had a trade surplus with Norway. And we're not going to let that happen. "One of the great assets of Norway is a thing called water, and they have tremendous hydropower, tremendous".

"It treated the United States very unfairly and frankly, it's an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed", he added. In fact most of your energy or your electricity is produced by hydro.

Trump maintained Wednesday he has "no problem" with the accord, but said he had a problem with the agreement as signed.


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