The head of the European Commission issued a stern warning to President Donald Trump on Wednesday that it will take years for the U.S. to pull out from the Paris climate deal.
Speaking at an event in Berlin, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker suggested that it will take more than a declaration from Trump to quit from the agreement.
“If the American president said in the next hours or days that he wants to get out of the Paris climate deal, then it is the duty of Europe to say: No, that’s not how it works,” Juncker said.
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“That’s not how it works. The Americans can’t just leave the climate protection agreement,” Juncker said. “Mr. Trump believes that because he doesn’t get close enough to the dossiers to fully understand them. It would take three to four years after the agreement came into force in November 2016 to leave the agreement.”
The comment came after Trump’s refusal to commit to the climate change deal during the G7 summit in Sicily, Italy last week.
Speculation grew further that Trump will likely withdraw after he tweeted: “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
But Juncker said leaving the landmark deal is not a straightforward process and it could take years to complete.