White House denies report that United States is staying in Paris climate agreement

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The U.S. "stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris Accord, but they try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement", Miguel Arias Canete said. As for Saturday's breaking news, however, the Wall Street Journal was unable to confirm the story with any White House officials willing to go on record.

However, in response to the Journal report a White House official tells NBC News that there has been "no change" to the US' position on the Paris climate agreement, which President Trump had committed to pulling out of in June.

But Trump argued the deal was bad for US businesses and that it made Washington foot too much of the bill.

While the Trump administration officially announced in August that it plans to pull out of the agreement, there are representatives from the U.S.at the meeting in Montreal this weekend. The country is hosting 30 environment ministers today, aiming to push forward on the Paris climate accord in Montreal. According to the Wall Street Journal, the answer might be yes.

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The Trump administration allegedly said Saturday the country is going to re-enter the Paris climate accord, according to the European Union's top energy official. The news was met with intense criticism, especially from American business leaders and several major cities (not to mention the Weather Channel). White House aides said the administration would withdraw from the Paris accord using the process laid out in the agreement.

White House senior adviser Everett Eissenstat unveiled the new United States position at a meeting Saturday, the newspaper said.

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