Donald Trump: America could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate change agreement

Donald Trump: America could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate change agreement

Trump announced in June that he was pulling the United States from the Paris accord, calling it "less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States".

"Working with countries, whether it's Russian Federation or China or India, or any of the countries that surround this world and encompass this world, is a very good thing".

Donald Trump backed away from a commitment to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, during a joint press conference yesterday with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. "Putin (Russian President Vladimir Putin) can't love that", he added.

In response, Solberg noted that Norway is "already number two in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after the terms of per capita defense spending". It should have been a problem solved many years ago when it was much less unsafe.

"Hillary, my opponent, was for windmills, and she was for other types of energy that don't have the same capacities at this moment certainly", he said.

"We are very strong on the environment", the president continued.

"It put great penalties on us".

The US president said he pulled the country out of the environmental pact because it was a "bad deal" but said he was not against the thrust of the agreement. "I'm not going to let it happen".

Solberg said Norway has a "very good" relationship with Russian Federation.

Solberg, by contrast, cited her support of the agreement, which she said would help American businesses.

"I think that it's up to every political system and countries to scrutinise and discuss their own political agenda in their countries". While the Scandinavian country remains a major exporter of oil and gas, the Norwegian government was among the first to sign on to the landmark Paris climate deal, pledging to meet a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. "I feel very strongly about the environment".

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