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         Pruitt, Haley defend Trump’s withdrawal from Paris climate accord

President Donald Trump’s aides on Sunday defended his decision to quit the Paris climate accord, but offered differing views on the president’s beliefs about the environment.

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, differed over whether the president believes climate change is man-made. Trump has said repeatedly that climate change is “a hoax” and suggested it was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Pruitt suggested in a series of television interviews Sunday that what the president believes specifically about climate change is irrelevant to his policy decision on the Paris accord. “I think the whole question is an effort to get it off the point and the issue of whether Paris is good for this country or not,” Pruitt said on the ABC program “This Week.” “The president has indicated the climate changes.”

Haley, in a separate interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” went a step further than Pruitt, saying Trump “believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that equation.”

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com

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