President Donald Trump has decided to take the US out of the Paris climate accord, Jonathan Swan of the news website Axios first reported Wednesday, citing two sources.
Whether Trump will stay in the deal — a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy — has been a looming question of his nascent presidency. On his recent trip abroad, Trump was pressured by European allies to stay a part of the accord.
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he would announce his decision “over the next few days.”
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, who has repeatedly called for the US to exit the agreement, is part of a small team figuring out the details of a withdrawal, according to Axios.
Trump has previously called climate change a “hoax” and said while campaigning that he would “cancel” the Paris deal if elected.
The Paris agreement, reached in December 2015, was a landmark moment in the environmental movement. It marked the first time that nearly every country, including all of the world’s biggest polluters, came together to limit carbon emissions. The pact was designed to keep the planet from warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.