White House officials confirmed Thursday afternoon that President Trump will leave the climate change deal, but it will take four years during which Trump will be looking to negotiate a better deal.
"We will initiate the process, which, all told, takes four years in total," White House energy policy adviser Michael Catanzaro confirmed to Capitol Hill staff on Thursday. "But we're going to make very clear to the world that we're not going to be abiding by what the previous administration agreed to."
He said the U.S. "is getting out of the Paris Agreement." However, Trump "will be open to and will immediately be looking for a better deal," Catanzaro said. The Daily Beast was provided with the call-in information from a source.
"The president's action today is going to be in keeping with the president's pledge to put American workers first," said White House deputy communications director Raj Shah in a separate conference call with conservative think tanks and pundits.
The Daily Beast said Raj asked those on the call to write statements, op-eds and tweets supporting the president's decision. "I can't explicitly state what the president is going to announce in an hour and a half, but I can say that I doubt folks on this call will be disappointed," Shah said.