US President Donald Trump told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron here that he believed the Paris climate agreement was “badly negotiated” and was unfair to Washington.

On Monday, Trump talked about the consequence of the Paris deal for American workers, industries and the economy, said Brian Hook, director of policy at the US State Department.

Hook, who attended the meeting, said Trump did not believe that the Paris agreement was “a framework to achieve those goals around clean energy, protecting the environment, and promoting economic growth”, reports Xinhua news agency.

“He (Trump) wants to work with France and other countries on technology and policy innovations that balance this need for both protecting the environment and for economic growth,” Hook added.

Trump was very open to considering a number of different options as long as they were fair to America’s interests, which include promoting the economy and protecting the environment, the official said.

Trump and Macron held talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

First Published | 19 September 2017 2:11 PM
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