"As you know, the President has been under siege from the mainstream media and the Democrats, especially now that he put American jobs first by withdrawing from the Paris Accord. This is not the type of leadership Britain needs either to negotiate Brexit or stand up to defend our planet in an era of climate change". This country is the world's second biggest carbon emitter behind China.
That allows the president to insist that he is willing to do something to address climate change - "renegotiating" the Paris accord, perhaps - without saying climate change is a problem.
Yet, the weight of the US federal government will not be replaced by actions of governors and mayors, especially since 33 states are run by Republican governors and Republican-dominated legislatures that are reluctant to drive up energy costs to speed up a transition from fossil fuels.
"The world should cherish the hard-won outcome of reaching the landmark agreement", said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular news briefing on Friday. The company reiterated its support for various climate pledges, and it boasted about its Chevrolet Bolt EV, an electric vehicle priced under $30,000.
Separately, the Trump administration is reviewing fuel-economy standards that were reaffirmed in the final days of President Barack Obama's tenure.
"By expanding markets for innovative clean technologies, the agreement generates jobs and economic growth", the letter says. His estimate is that pulling out of the Paris agreement would cost the USA economy $8.2 trillion through 2100.
With two of Trump's marquee campaign promises - repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting taxes - stalled in Congress, Trump has appeared particularly eager to act in areas where he can move forward on his own.
The meeting will end with a joint statement pledging full implementation of the Paris deal, committing China and the European Union to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology and helping raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer countries reduce their emissions.
A number of figures from USA industry expressed their dismay at Trump's move. The U.S. only sources about 13 percent of its electricity from renewable energy. Now, Exxon and others are gearing up to export more liquefied natural gas. CNN is reporting that Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, called the Bloomberg Philanthropies financial commitment "crucial".
The White House said the USA will stop contributing to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting carbon data as required by the Paris accord, although domestic regulations require that reporting anyway. But the evangelical environmentalists said the decision was out of line with Biblical priorities because it would degrade the environment and hurt the poor.