Jun 1, 2017

Axios PM

Trump makes it official

Aides described President Trump as "defiant" as he decided to withdraw from the Paris climate deal despite passionate lobbying from fellow world leaders; Silicon Valley titans; his daughter, Ivanka; and several of his key aides and Cabinet members.

  • His big line: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh — not Paris."
  • What he was thinking: A top aide noted that renouncing Paris was one of Trump's biggest applause lines during the campaign, said the president's basic mindset was: "This is a bad deal, and this was a campaign promise."
  • The opposition: The top aide said threats from some corporate leaders — most notably Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who tweeted yesterday that he would leave Trump's business advisory council if he went through with withdrawal — amounted to bullying and had backfired.

Highlights and a whale of a GIF, from Axios' Shane Savitsky and Lazaro Gamio.

Go deeper: The facts that matter on climate change.

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