Trump delays decision on Paris climate agreement, spokesman says

His advisers and cabinet chiefs have been split over whether Mr Trump should keep his campaign promise to pull the USA out of the agreement or remain to try to reshape it, according to senior administration officials and several people briefed on the meeting. Another co-signer of the letter, the Heartland Institute, was recently exposed for sending materials to school teachers that questioned the veracity of climate change science.

The Union for Reform Judaism, the American Jewish World Service and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life joined 20 other religious groups in urging Trump to adhere to the agreement, which was reached in 2015 and signed in 2016.

The United States is the world´s number two carbon polluter, after China.

"It's in this sense that staying in and misbehaving has the potential of being worse than a clean pullout", he said.

It is the second time that a meeting to discuss the Paris agreement has been delayed.

The 11-day Bonn meeting will focus on drafting a guide for member countries on how to execute the pact and curb fossil fuel emissions.

Spicer said Trump has been meeting with his team "extensively" to discuss the issue.

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A total of 196 countries are now parties to the climate deal which Trump threatened to "cancel".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters of the new timeline Tuesday.

Numerous speakers at a plenary session Monday said that the deal can not be "renegotiated", a proposal of Trump's Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

White House spokesperson Kelly Love confirmed delay, first reported by Politico, in an email to TPM.

Bannon and Pruitt are said to be among those arguing for a tougher line, keeping with campaign promises and rejecting global agreements that tie the hands of USA industry. In April, a group of multinational companies including Apple, DuPont, BP and Shell sent a letter "expressing our support for continued participation by the United States in the Paris climate change agreement".

This is key, as current pledges place the world on track for warming much higher than the ceiling of two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) written into the agreement.

The new administration has already moved to cut funding for climate bodies including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat hosting the annual negotiations.

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