During his electoral campaign, Trump called climate change "a Chinese Hoax" and insisted that he would pull the USA out of the Paris agreement. "Following a successful worldwide tour and the G-7 summit in Italy, president Trump has an opportunity to relieve our nation of the unfair and economically devastating requirements of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations climate treaty he pledged to rip up during the campaign", Cruz wrote in an op-ed in CNN.
Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) today sent a letter to Trump asking the president "to consider the foreign relations and national security implications before your administration makes any final decision on the matter".
"This decision sends a unsafe signal to the rest of the world that the U.S. doesn't honour its commitments", the Facebook event page for the protest reads.
Under the pact, virtually every nation voluntarily committed to combat climate change with steps aimed at curbing global emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide generated from burning of fossil fuels that scientists blame for a warming planet, sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.
He added: "Fighting climate change is a global consensus, it's not invented by China. and we realize that this is a global consensus agreement and that as a big developing nation we should shoulder our worldwide responsibility". But a USA withdrawal from the deal would give China more opportunity to burnish its image as a global leader. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Scientists say the planet is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the U.S. retreats from its pledge, because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.
The UN chief vowed to mobilise governments, the energy industry, investors and civil society to "raise the bar on climate action".
"We are going to be discussing trade", Mr Trump, sitting alongside Mr Phuc in the White House, said. Cohn, the Trump economic adviser, also said last week that the president's views "are evolving".
Schnoor said there could be some benefits to withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.