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Ben Geman May 3, 2017
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Paris climate deal backers fear Trump is heading for the exit

AP

The internal White House battle over the Paris climate accord appears to be tipping in favor of Steve Bannon and others who advocate abandoning the pact, according to sources familiar with the discussions and press accounts.

The Washington Post, citing "participants" in internal White House discussions, reported Tuesday evening that opponents of the accord have "gained the upper hand." The prospect stoked concern among environmental advocates on Tuesday as word circulated that the tide was apparently turning.

Where things stand: A final decision has not been made, and talks are ongoing at the highest levels of the White House.

  • "[T]his is solely down to the big dogs in the West Wing. Support staff has been told to stand down and the President will sort it out with input from the Bannons, Cohns, and Kushners of the world," an industry source familiar with the discussions tells Axios.
  • A White House source cautioned that the battle is "tough" and ongoing.