Trump hints at 'conceivable' U.S. return to Paris Agreement

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Trump said the planned US withdrawal from the Paris climate deal "wasn't a major topic" during their discussions and repeated his claim that the climate agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and signed by countries around the globe "treated the United States very unfairly".

While Trump announced the exit in June, the accord does not allow nations to submit exit paperwork until November 2019, to be effective in November 2020.

For his part, Trump seemed to take steps back from his statement withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement last summer and hinted that the USA might actually rejoin the agreement. Almost every other country in the world has signed the agreement.

Norway's head Solberg countered Trump's claim by noting that "there are business opportunities" posed by the Paris accord. "It took away a lot of our asset values", he said of the pact that includes every other nation in the United Nations. Trump pledged on the campaign trail to withdraw from the accord, which former President Barack Obama and the leaders of 194 other countries signed in 2015.

"Norway is a great customer, and a great ally and a great friend", Trump says. Norway's strict regulations to reach its Paris targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 by 2030 has spurred the use of "environmental friendly and climate friendly technologies".

The treaty included promises made by the U.S. - by Trump's predecessor Obama - but there will be no legal consequences if they are not kept. "Our EPA and our EPA commissioners are very, very powerful in the sense that they want to have clean water, clean air, but we also want businesses that can compete and the Paris Accord rally would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen". We're not gonna let that happen. "But I say this, we are very strong on the environment".

While Solberg defended the Paris treaty, saying the Nordic country was "committed" to it, she did not publicly correct Trump's wrong statements. "It's an important issue for us", Solberg merely said.

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