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The Latest: Trump delaying decision on Paris climate deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the deliberations over whether the United States should withdraw from an international climate deal (all times local):

2:12 p.m.

President Donald Trump is delaying a decision on whether to withdraw from the landmark international climate deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that the president will not make an announcement on the agreement until after the G7 summit in Italy in the end of May. The White House had previously said a decision would be reached before Trump’s appearance at the summit.

A meeting of top White House aides to discuss the agreement had been scheduled for Tuesday. But it was postponed.

Spicer said Trump wants to “continue to meet with his team,” seeking advice from both an economic and an environmental perspective as he works to make a decision.

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12:09 a.m.

The White House has postponed a Tuesday meeting to discuss whether the United States should withdraw from the landmark international climate deal struck in Paris.

The White House says the meeting will be rescheduled. This is the second time a meeting of top aides on the issue has been delayed.

President Donald Trump pledged during the presidential campaign to renegotiate the accord, but he has wavered on the issue since winning the presidency. His top officials have appeared divided about what to do about the deal, under which the United States pledged to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon emissions in the coming decade.

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5:49 p.m.

Top White House advisers are expected to discuss whether the United States should withdraw from the landmark international climate deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration.

A White House official says the meeting is expected to convene Tuesday afternoon.

President Donald Trump pledged during the presidential campaign to renegotiate the accord, but he has wavered on the issue since he won the presidency. His top officials have appeared divided about what to do about the deal, under which the U.S. pledged to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon emissions in the coming decade.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at his Senate confirmation hearing in January he supports staying in the deal. But Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has said called the Paris pact “a bad deal for America.”

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