American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday she believes the Trump administration would accept the findings of a new report from scientists working for 13 federal agencies documenting the effects of climate change on the U.S.
The New York Times obtained and published a copy of the report Monday, which found the average temperature in the U.S. has risen since 1980 and concluded Americans are already feeling the effects of climate change.
Scientists who drafted the report also found human activities "are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change."
One scientist who worked on the study told the New York Times he and others feared the Trump administration would try to suppress the report.
But Haley said she believes the Trump administration would accept the report's findings.
"I haven't seen the report, but I don't see any reason why they wouldn't," Haley said in an interview with NBC.
"I think a lot of this is we're not saying that climate change is not real. It is real. It's how do you have that balance between making sure you've got jobs and businesses moving and then also making sure you protect your climate," she continued. "That answer's in the middle."
Haley also noted President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement doesn't mean the administration would reject the report.
"Just because we pulled out of the Paris accord doesn't mean we don't believe in climate protection," she said. "I think we're very aware that we need to do that. What we're saying is we're not going to sell out American businesses to do that."
Trump announced in June the U.S. would leave the Paris climate agreement, and on Friday, the State Department said the president's team notified the United Nations of Trump's plan to withdraw from the climate deal "as soon as it is eligible to do so."