Bloomberg appointed as UN envoy for climate action
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his special envoy for climate action.
The former politician and billionaire businessman will be responsible for supporting a U.N. Climate Summit next year to review the success of the 2015 Paris climate accord aimed at curbing the production of greenhouse gases.
Bloomberg said: "Every once in a while our government or others in the country sounds like they're not on the agenda. But I think long term America has shown that it supports the United Nations. It supports the process that the U.N. is in favor of and championing."
Bloomberg said he hopes President Trump will reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the landmark treaty signed by more than 200 nations and entities.
Report: Top Trump Advisor Kellyanne Conway Twice Violated Federal Law in TV Interviews
The White House has rejected a government report that concluded a top presidential advisor, Kellyanne Conway, violated federal law when she conducted two televised interviews last year.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said in report Tuesday Conway advocated during a November interview with Fox News for the defeat of a senate candidate in an Alabama special election and gave an "implied endorsement" for another candidate. In a December interview on CNN, she advocated for the defeat of a candidate and the election of another.
The office said both were violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits most federal government employees from using their official authority to influence elections. The office submitted the report to the president for him to take "appropriate disciplinary action."
“Kellyanne Conway did not advocate for or against the election of any particular candidate. She simply expressed the president’s obvious position that he have people in the House and Senate who support his agenda," the White House said in a statement.
In both interviews, Conway was discussing the senate race between Democratic candidate Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore, who were vying to replace Jeff Sessions when he became Trump's attorney general.
The office said it gave Conway an opportunity to respond to its findings, but she declined to do so.
The Office of Special Counsel is not associated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.