>> We're gonna find out very soon.>> If President Donald Trump pulls out of a global climate pact, that would put him at odds with nearly every other country on earth, but it could also put him at odds with many of the same Americans who voted for him last fall.
I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump's expected decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement seen as victory for the hardline America first contingent inside the White House. Remember, Trump repeatedly described climate change as a hoax on the campaign trail next year.>> We're going to cancel the Paris climate agreement.
>> But more than half of those who voted for him last fall say the United States should be a leader in the fight, not pull out of it. Reuters Ipsos polling shows that seven out of ten Americans think that the United States should lead the charge against climate change, even winning support from 57% of conservatives and 53% of those who say they voted for Trump last year.
Climate change has been one of the most divisive issues in politics over the past decade, pitting environmentalists against hardscrabble miners and others who worried that their jobs are at risk as the United States moves away from fossil fuels. It's a vein Trump successfully tapped last year's election but one the Reuters poll show to be in the minority.
Yet, Trump is hardly alone among his party's elected leaders, many Republicans now question the scientific consensus that human activity is behind the rising global temperatures. Nearly half of the Republicans in the Senate, for example, including majority leader Mitch McConnell, urged Trump to back out of the Paris Agreement, while Democrats overwhelmingly support it.
>> When it came to agreements->> Trump wouldn't be the first Republican President to cancel a climate deal. George W Bush backed out of the 1997 Kyoto Agreement after he took office, but this is clearly much bigger. The United States would be isolated on the international stage if Trump backed out of the Paris Agreement, only Nicaragua and Syria haven't signed on to the deal.
On the home front, his poll numbers already sagging, Trump risks further alienating those people who put him in the White House to begin with.