U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted foreign ministers from Arctic nations at a summit in Alaska on Thursday, where President Donald Trump's reluctance to fight climate change cast a shadow over talks. Lisa Bernhard reports.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosting foreign ministers from Arctic nations at a summit in Alaska Thursday, targeting a range of problems in the region - which is warming at a faster pace than any other part of the world. Clouding the talks: the U.S. president's stance on climate change. TRUMP SOUNDBITE: 'The global warming… a lot of it's a hoax. It's a hoax.' President Trump's reluctance to fight global warming putting Tillerson in a tough spot. Arctic Council members from Canada, Norway and other nations no doubt putting pressure on the Secretary of State to keep the U.S. in the 2015 Paris Agreement, from which Trump has threatened to pull out. Adding further pressure on Trump: scientists from the U.S. and other Arctic nations issued a report ahead of the meeting warning the impact of climate change left un-checked could lead to trillions of dollars worth of damage to buildings, roads and other infrastructure. The White House was expected to decide whether the U.S. will leave the Paris deal by the end of the month - but now says Trump needs more time.