White House talks on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement are expected to kick into high gear next week, as President Trump's most trusted advisers assemble for heated discussions.
The White House has said that a decision on the Paris Agreement would not come until the end of May. It has been reported over the last few months that Trump's most trusted confidants, including his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are opposed to pulling out of the non-binding deal.
Politico reported Friday that top Cabinet officials, joined by Kushner but not Ivanka, will convene to hash out a consensus on Paris next week, beginning Tuesday. But it is not clear if a consensus can be achieved.
On Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told "Fox and Friends" that he is opposed to remaining in the climate change agreement because it supports environmental regulations that harm the economy and drive up costs.
"It's a bad deal for America," he said. "It was an America second, third or fourth kind of approach. China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030. We front-loaded all of our costs."
He said it is "something that we need to really look at closely," and a deal "we need to exit, in my opinion."
Both Pruitt and chief strategist Steve Bannon are said to be strongly opposed to remaining in the Paris deal, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Kushner are leaning toward staying in, Politico reported, citing three unnamed officials.
National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster are said to take the side of Kushner, although until recently have not taken a position on the climate accord.