Friday, June 2, 2017
Steve Bannon and Scott Pruitt beat Kushner, Tillerson and Ivanka on Paris Agreement
At WExaminer by Sarah Westwood, W. James Antle III
President Trump sided Thursday with the members of his administration who wanted the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and against influential voices who wanted him to stay or renegotitate it from within.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had become a leading voice for withdrawing completely from the climate pact. He was the only Cabinet member to speak Thursday after Trump's appearance in the Rose Garden.
Steve Bannon, White House chief strategist, was one of Pruitt's top allies in the West Wing as factions battled internally over the future of the Paris accords. He sat in the front row as the president announced his decision.