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Trump to announce Paris decision at White House

President Donald Trump at 3 p.m. ET on June 1 will announce his decision on U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

In a tweet that repeated his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again," Trump late May 31 said he will make the announcement from the White House Rose Garden. Trump declined during an exchange with reporters earlier in the day to indicate whether the country will withdraw from the accord or stay in it in some capacity, but Trump said he was "hearing from a lot of people, both ways. Both ways." He also declined to comment on whether he still believes that climate change is a "hoax."

One of Trump's campaign pledges was to cancel the country's involvement in the deal, and he has been urged by some to keep that promise. But some of his closest allies, including daughter Ivanka Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, reportedly have lobbied for the U.S. to stay involved.

Speculation has been swirling around Washington, D.C., about what Trump's ultimate decision will be. Media outlets offered differing reports in the days leading up to the decision, with some asserting withdrawal was a done deal and others suggesting Trump was still undecided.

The White House has delayed the decision multiple times, stating that the president wished to hear from all sides on the issue before making an informed decision. Trump has faced pressure from international leaders to remain a party to the agreement, including on his first international trip, which concluded May 27 in Italy with a meeting of the Group of Seven. All members of the group — except Trump — issued a statement reaffirming their support for the accord.

Even though his decision was still unclear, Trump faced criticism from environmental groups, business leaders and others at the suggestion that he may withdraw from the deal. Elon Musk, who has been advising Trump as part of the president's business advisory council, threatened to stop offering his guidance if the U.S. pulls out of the Paris accord. In a May 31 tweet, Musk said he did not "know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can" to advise the president to stay involved.