Donald Trump announces withdrawal from Paris climate accord

"The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States", Trump said.

At a regularly scheduled news conference Thursday, Hua said: "No matter whether other countries' positions may change, we will continue to uphold" a model of sustainable development. Trump's public display of honor in the Rose Garden came on the same day the president broke a separate promise to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"We are all custodians of this world", Trudeau added, "and that is why Canada will continue to work with the U.S.at the state level, and with other USA stakeholders, to address climate change and promote clean growth". "And they won't be".

After Trump's announcement, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted her appreciation for Pittsburgh. But Obama says he's confident nonetheless that US cities, states and businesses will fill the void by taking the lead on protecting the climate. "So that would be bad for the party, bad for the country".

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won't be, they won't be".

A formal withdrawal would take years, experts say, a situation that led European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to speak dismissively of Mr Trump on Wednesday.

At home, U.S. mayors and governors also lashed out, including Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who took issue with Trump's invocation of his city.

Only few hours after the president's announcement, Turner confirmed that Houston has joined over 60 so-called climate mayors from across the U.S.in vowing to honor the Paris Agreement's goals to fight climate change.

That had prompted last-minute pressure from business tycoons, foreign allies and from inside his own White House not to pull out of the accord. He said the US would try to re-enter but only if it can get more favourable terms.

A dozen large companies including oil major BP, agrochemical giant DuPont, Google, Intel and Microsoft, had urged Trump to remain in the deal. "We need to engage, and what I'll do is I'll spend time in there talking about what are we going to do, how do we get back in", he said on CNBC before the decision was formally announced.

In a Berlin speech, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that fighting climate change is a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility". President Obama, who joined the agreement, said that Trump will "reject the future" by pulling out of the accord. Musk has attended three meetings at the White House about USA manufacturing and infrastructure spending.

Mr Trump raised alarm bells when he refused to sign up to a pledge on the deal at last week's G7 meeting in Italy.

Trump has already moved to dismantle Obama-era climate change regulations, including the U.S. Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing emissions from main coal-fired power plants.

"Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100", Trump said.

The leader of Asia's other behemoth, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, said earlier this week that failing to act on climate change would be "morally criminal". "We encourage all actors in the U.S. working to tackle climate change to stand their ground, share the benefits of their work and to keep making their voices heard".

Some of his aides have been searching for a middle ground in an effort to thread the needle between his base of supporters who oppose the deal for fear it will hamper US economic growth and those warning that a USA exit would deal a blow to the fight against global warming as well as to worldwide USA leadership. He did offer one possible concession, saying he would undertake negotiations on entering a new climate pact - or even re-entering the Paris accord - on terms that were fair to the U.S.

Separately, Reuters reported that Macron spoke with Trump on the phone, telling him "nothing could be renegotiated" with regard to the climate deal. "I can assure you, France will not give up the fight".

  • Leroy Wright