President Donald Trump’s most senior advisers postponed a meeting Tuesday during which they had hoped to bridge the administration’s divide over whether the U.S. should leave or remain in the Paris climate change agreement.
The fate of the agreement, backed by nearly 200 nations in 2015, has become a major symbolic policy question for a president who has dismissed human-caused climate change as a hoax and promised to revive the U.S. coal industry. The agreement also stands as one of former President Barack Obama’s most significant accomplishments on combating global warming.
A White House aide said the meeting was being rescheduled because several Trump advisers were traveling with the president to Wisconsin on Tuesday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters that the meeting will be rescheduled in the “couple of weeks.”
Sanders said the meeting was not canceled as a result of discord over the Paris deal among Trump’s advisers.
But several of Trump’s most senior advisers are deeply divided on whether the United States should stay in the agreement, despite broad consensus in the administration for rolling back the Obama administration regulations aimed at achieving sharp reductions in U.S. greenhouse gas output.