Tuesday, May 30, 2017

REPORT: Kushner ‘Modifying’ His Stance On The Paris Climate Accord

Michael Bastasch

White House adviser Jared Kushner seems to be “modifying” his stance on the Paris climate agreement, according to a source close to him, and now argues that the “standards” of the accord need to be changed. Kushner, the husband of First Daughter Ivanka Trump, may be shifting his stances on certain policy issues, The New York Times reported, as President Donald Trump looks to put a series of scandal behind him. “Instead of urging the president to keep the United States in the Paris climate accord, as he sought to months ago, he has come to believe the standards in the agreement need to be changed,” a source close to Kushner told TheNYT. The Daily Mail seemed to confirm TheNYT’s report, citing an unnamed administration official who told the paper that Kushner’s “basic position is that the standards need to be changed, and the question is can you stay in the Paris Agreement with the changes.” Kushner has been considered a moderating voice in the White House, including pushing Trump to break his campaign promise to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. He was joined by Ivanka, economic adviser Gary Cohn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Kushner and Ivanka reportedly blocked language from an executive order critical of the Paris Agreement. But now Kushner wants to change “the standards in the agreement,” which likely refers to the Obama administration’s pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions...more

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