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Top Trump aides clash on legal risks of Paris climate accord

Senior advisers to the Trump administration are split over the legal implications of staying in the climate pact while simultaneously carrying out extensive regulatory rollbacks of environmental protections. It could mean the president receives competing advice.

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Senior advisers to Donald Trump were divided over the Paris climate accord in a meeting Thursday, as Cabinet members and staffers considered whether staying in the pact could legally jeopardize the president’s regulatory rollbacks, according to people familiar with the high-level gathering.

The split means Trump’s staff could end up giving the president dueling advice, with one camp of advisers urging the U.S. to stay in the treaty and another urging an exit. The White House has said a decision on whether to remain in the pact will be made by the end of next month, when world leaders gather for the Group of Seven summit in Italy.

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