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Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Keeping a key campaign promise, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in a Rose Garden speech this afternoon, trumpeting an "America first" message that the United States will forge its own path on climate change — joining Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations outside of the agreement.

Trump's big line: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh — not Paris."

The key quote: "As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes upon our country."

The mechanism: The U.S. is expected to exit the Paris deal via the formal withdrawal procedures included in the agreement, a process that could take three to four years to complete. The administration chose not to exit the underlying U.N. climate change treaty — which would have been a faster but much more tumultuous choice.

More from President Trump:

  • Open to negotiation: "So we're getting out, but we'll start to negotiate, we'll see if we can make a deal that's fair."
  • Why he's out: "As someone who cares deeply about the environment, I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States, which is what it does."
  • Not fair: "The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States."
  • For the miners: "The agreement doesn't eliminate coal jobs. It just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States and ships them to foreign countries."
  • To Democrats: "So if the obstructionists want to get together with me, let's make them non-obstructionists and we'll get back into the deal and we'll make it good."
  • America first: "The fact that the Paris deal hamstrings the United States while empowering some of the world's top-polluting countries should dispel any doubt as to why foreign lobbyists wish to keep our magnificent country tied up and bound by this agreement."

The "America first" topline talking points from the White House:

  • "The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans, and the President's action today is keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first."
  • "The Accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation."
  • "It frontloads costs on the American people to the detriment of our economy and job growth while extracting meaningless commitments from the world's top global emitters, like China."
  • "The U.S. is already leading the world in energy production and doesn't need a bad deal that will harm American workers."

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor of Arkansas

Sarah Huckabee Sanders at FOX News' studios in New York City in 2019. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.

The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.

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