Recode: What to watch out for as Trump announces US withdraws from Paris agreement
President Donald Trump announced Monday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly,” Trump said at a news conference.
“I’m confident that it will not be, and I’m confident of the fact that it won’t be.
I think that is something that I can be a lot more confident about.”
The announcement came just a day after Trump announced he had signed an executive order that directs the Environmental Protection Agency to review and re-evaluate the Paris Agreement.
The executive order says that the US will withdraw from all international agreements that don’t meet the Trump administration’s “national security, foreign policy, and economic interests.”
The order was signed by Trump in the Rose Garden, and the White House did not immediately comment on whether it would be implemented.
In his news conference, Trump also told reporters he plans to nominate a deputy secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.
The US has a $5 billion program to provide rural low-income farmers with financial aid.
Trump said that the farmers are “the backbone of our agricultural economy, we will not let this program be defunded.”
The president also said he would also direct the USDA to make more grants to help people in rural areas.
“We are going to have a huge boost in rural aid,” he said.
“And I will be announcing that in the coming weeks.”
Trump also said that he would sign a new executive order in the near future that will allow the United Nations to continue to operate in the United Kingdom.
“When it comes to the UN, it’s the biggest disaster of all time,” Trump added.
“It’s the greatest financial disaster ever.
It’s a disaster for everybody.
And we are going back to the world of UN.
The UN is the one that’s doing so much damage.”
Trump has previously called the UN “obsolete” and “ridiculous.”
In February, he said he plans “to get rid of it.”