Jamaica disappointed with Trump's Paris deal decision

Mr. Trump, in a nationwide broadcast on Thursday, said USA would either seek re-negotiation or remain withdrawn from the agreement that went into effect on November 4, 2016.

"We're getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair".

Trump is "a president who is fighting for the American people, fighting for American jobs", Pence said.

He said the agreement was unfair to the US, adding it sought to cripple the USA and empower China, India and other developed countries, and called for a deal that is equitable.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", he said.

French former foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who helped broker the 2015 accord, said Trump's decision was "shameful" and a "major error". Tweeting about it, he said: "We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has made a decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement".

He said India would get billions of dollars for meeting its commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement and it - along with China - would double its coal-fired power plants in the years to come, gaining a financial advantage over the US.

Former US president Barack Obama and former vice president Al Gore were among the decision's critics, as well as tech businessman Elon Musk. "The withdrawal. contradicts views of the overwhelming majority of scientific, business, energy industry, and spiritual leaders on climate change, as well as the will of the American people all of whom believe the United States is better off staying in the agreement", one of its leader said.

"But the bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States". Climate change is real.

"Trump's decision to ditch the Paris deal will leave a fairly big shoe for a single country to fill", Xinhua said, adding that major players such as China, the European Union and India had reiterated their willingness to step up efforts.

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more".

Trump's decision is likely to play well with the Republican base, with the more immediate damage on the diplomatic front.

The White House said it would stick to United Nations rules for withdrawing from the pact.

"France will put forward a concrete action plan to increase its attractiveness for researchers and companies in the ecological transition sector and will take initiatives notably in Europe and Africa on this subject", Macron added. The United States is the world's second-largest greenhouse gas emitter and would otherwise have accounted for 21 percent of the total emissions reductions achieved by the accord through 2030.

After a struggle within his administration, Trump followed the advice of Steve Bannon, a top adviser who specializes in managing Trump's populist appeal, and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

France and the United States "would continue to work together", but not on climate change, it said. "Industry must now lead and not depend on government".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau said he was "deeply disappointed".

The Paris Agreement commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events.

  • Zachary Reyes