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Trump And Climate Change: U.n. Warns The President Who Withdraws From The Paris Agreement Could Leave The United States Behind

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Updated | The head of the United Nations on Tuesday warned President Donald Trump about the potential ramifications of pulling out of the landmark Paris climate deal, just as reports surfaced the U.S. leader was planning to do just that.

Rival countries such as Russia or China would fill the leadership void left by the U.S., warned Secretary-General António Guterres at a New York event.

“If one country decides to leave a void, I can guarantee someone else will occupy it,” Guterres said, according to the Hill. “The message is simple: The sustainability train has left the station. Get on the train or get left behind.”

Meanwhile, the news outlet Axios dropped the report Tuesday saying Trump had decided to pull out of the United Nations accord aimed at fighting climate change—one that nearly every country signed onto. Nicaragua and Syria are the only other nations that opted not to support the deal that’s also seen as one of former President Barack Obama’s most important achievements.

But a tweet from Trump in 2012 claimed climate change was a big hoax “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” He also tweeted in 2014 that the “very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop.”

This article was updated to include a tweet from President Trump indicating he planned to soon announce his decision on the Paris climate agreement.

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