U.S. officials: ‘No way we’re leaving’ for Europe if Trump withdraws

Officials from the Trump administration are saying there is no way the United States is leaving Europe if the president withdraws from the Paris climate agreement.

The official, who was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity, told Axios that Trump is “absolutely not going to go.”

The official said Trump has been in “contact” with European officials and they are “confident” that he will stay in the Paris accord.

Trump is currently negotiating to leave the deal with other nations.

Trump announced in January that he would withdraw from the agreement if the United Nations doesn’t meet its emissions reduction goals.

The president’s announcement also came as other nations were pushing to renegotiate the Paris agreement, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan and other world leaders in 1997.

The United States was the only country to ratify the agreement in 1992.

Trump has vowed to scrap the agreement, but there has been no official move yet.

The officials said Trump will continue to be involved in negotiations on how to move forward.

The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, signed in Bonn, Germany, in December, requires nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2025.

If Trump doesn’t sign the Paris deal by March, he would be responsible for ratifying it.

The Trump administration is also negotiating to ratchet up the use of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by nearly half from pre-industrial levels by 2030.

A recent report from the White House said that under the plan, the U.K. would be the largest emitter of carbon pollution if it followed through on its pledge to cut its greenhouse gas intensity by 17% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

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