European diplomats were left stunned at recent climate talks in Bonn after their US counterparts, many of whom helped broker the landmark deal, admitted they had been left in limbo by the White House.
But, according to our sources, the US team are exploiting the vacuum to press ahead with the agreement, which was signed by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.
They told open-mouthed officials, “We are following the Obama procedure. As long as there are no new instructions, the old ones are still valid.”
They agreed a limited budget increase to plans in Bonn. Diplomats told their opposite numbers that they should seize the opportunity to get as much agreed before Trump makes up his mind, awestruck sources gossiped.