Trump says U.S. could stay in Paris deal

The Norwegian flag and fjords

Trump says U.S. could stay in Paris deal

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 USA interests than Russian and China.

President Donald Trump held a press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House - and well, it was as freaky as one would expect given the commander-in-chief's lack of knowledge about the most basic things.

"So we could conceivably go back in".

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She did note that green policies can lead to business opportunities, and noted that the United States company Tesla was selling many electric cars in Norway.

Asked during a press conference with the prime minister of Norway if he's willing to sign a deal that does not include wall funding, Trump said: "No, it's going to include the wall".

"Norway is combating climate change".

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"The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord...but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

French President Emmanuel Macron in December said he would not agree to a renegotiation but was hopeful the USA would return to the accord. Almost every other country in the world has signed the agreement. "Tremendous", Trump said. "I wish we'd do some of that, but hydropower is fantastic, and it's a great asset that you have".

Three months later, some top U.S. Administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said that the U.S.

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In fact, the first hydroelectric power plant in the country opened up in 1882.

In the clip, Trump responds to a question from a reporter by saying there can be no bipartisan immigration deal absent funding for his long-promised wall along the USA border with Mexico.

Trump called Norway a "great customer" and announced the United States had sold Norway F-52 fighter jets - even though such aircrafts don't even exist.

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