Trump says US-Norway ties 'robust'

The Norwegian flag and fjords

Trump says US-Norway ties 'robust'

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the US could "conceivably go back in" the Paris climate agreement if a fairer deal was reached, though he gave no concrete sign that any such deal was being discussed at this stage.

Defending his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Trump said his primary concern with the Paris climate accord was that it treated the U.S. unfairly and that if a better deal could be reached, Washington might be persuaded to rejoin. "It took away a lot of our asset values", he said of the pact that includes every other nation in the United Nations.

Nevertheless, speaking to reporters yesterday, Trump suggested he would still be open to the USA being a part of the climate change accord, but emphasised that as it stands the deal remains "very unfair to the United States".

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Trump's comments about hydropower came after a reporter asked him about his decision to pull the USA from Paris Climate Accord last summer, claiming it was unfair to the country.

The treaty included promises made by the USA - by Trump's predecessor Obama - but there will be no legal consequences if they are not kept.

The President - who has been a vocal champion of the USA fossil fuel industries as well as frequently voicing climate change scepticism - said the Paris Agreement signalled a "tremendous penalty" for using gas, coal and oil energy, suggesting the deal was harsher on U.S. interests than Russian and China. In her opening remarks at a joint news conference with the President, the prime minister brought up the subject of climate change-which Trump once deemed a "hoax" crafted by the Chinese-and stated her support for the Paris agreement on the issue from which Trump has withdrawn the U.S.

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The landmark agreement, which came into force last November, calls on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change. Seated in the Oval Office, Trump noted that Norway has been a strong consumer of US -built military equipment, including the F-35 aircraft. Whereas as an example China, by 2030, they don't kick in until 2030.

In a rambling and barely coherent defence of his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Donald Trump has opened the door to the possibility the United States "could conceivably go back in" to the Agreement.

Solberg says Norway is "really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States".

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Trump insisted that his administration feels very strongly about the environment. "They have tremendous hydro power, tremendous".

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