U.S. President Donald Trump announces the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, following through on a pledge he made during the presidential campaign. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Donald Trump on Thursday (June 1) announces his decision to pull the United States out of a landmark global pact to fight climate change -- the Paris accord. The president announced, in the White House Rose Garden, that the U.S. will begin negotiations to re-enter the Paris accord or a new accord on terms fair to the U.S.. An American withdrawal, promised by Trump during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, would deepen a rift with U.S. allies and align the United States with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the landmark 195-nation accord agreed upon in Paris in 2015. The Vatican, which under Pope Francis' insistence has strongly backed the accord, would see a U.S. exit as disaster and "a huge slap in the face," Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, a senior Vatican official, told the Rome newspaper La Repubblica. At their meeting last month, the pope gave Trump a signed copy of his 2015 encyclical letter calling for protecting the environment from the effects of climate change and backed scientific evidence that it is caused by human activity.