White House denies reports that US changing stance on Paris climate pact

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The Wall Street Journal also reported that President Trump was not planning to pull out of the deal.

An official with the European Union told the Wall Street Journal that the US will not be pulling out the deal, something that Trump said he would do in June.

"There has been no change in the United States' position on the Paris agreement", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

The Journal quoted European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete as saying top Trump officials stated that the US will not renegotiate the Paris accord, and will review the terms of how the USA can engage in the existing agreement.

According to an official at [an global meeting on Saturday in Montreal], White House senior adviser Everett Eissenstat unveiled the US plan, as Ottawa, Beijing and Brussels accelerate their joint effort to minimize the fallout from a potential USA withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

When he pulled out of the Paris climate accord in June, Trump said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

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President Donald Trump's alleged decision to shift course came during a meeting of more than 30 ministers from Canada, China and the European Union in Montreal.

"We're getting out", Trump said at the time.

In June, a newly elected Trump publicly rejected the deal, which he called "unfair at the highest level to the United States".

Trump announced on June 1 that he would pull the U.S. out of the landmark agreement, as he had promised during his presidential campaign.

"It's clear that we need to be taking a leadership role in climate change", said McKenna.

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