President Trump announces withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement

In a speech at the White House, Trump said the USA would look to renegotiate the agreement and condemned what he called "draconian" financial and economic burdens imposed by the deal.

Ivanka Trump and her allies, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump's chief economist Gary Cohn, have pressed Trump to alter the USA commitments to the Paris agreement without fully pulling out of the accord.

"When Australia makes a commitment to a global agreement, we follow through and that's exactly what we're doing", he told Parliament.

Supporters of the accord condemned Trump's move as an abdication of American leadership and an worldwide disgrace.

It's important to note that the United States was never bound by its voluntary emissions reduction goal under Paris.Trump was always free to ignore the U.S. goal of reducing carbon emissions by 32% by 2030, but pulling out entirely sends a different message.

"We don't want other leaders in other countries laughing at us any more, and they won't be", he said.

Sen. Susan Collins tweeted - "Climate change requires a global approach".

The Sierra Club, an environmental advocacy group, said Thursday that Trump's decision amounts to the president "turning his back on the public in every single US state".

In a rare statement about current political events, former President Barack Obama, whose administration negotiated the Paris accord, wrote Trump's decision would leave American workers behind those in countries who remain a part of the agreement.

American corporate leaders have also appealed to the businessman-turned-president to stay in the pact.

President Trump announces withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement

Mr Trump's announcement comes less than 18 months after the historic climate pact was adopted in the French capital, the product of a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington under Mr Obama's leadership.

On the heels of a contentious summit with G7 partners, President Trump announced today that he will pull the United States out from the landmark Paris climate accord, the global agreement to battle climate change that 195 countries signed on to in December 2015.

Obama, in a statement, expressed regret over Trump's action.

The US is the world's second-largest emitter of carbon, following only China.

"If you truly believe in improving the Paris Agreement, you don't back out - you work with our allies and partners around the world", Schumer said in a statement. They described it as a coalition that will convene US states committed to upholding the Paris Climate agreement.

Despite pressure from allies in the Group of Seven rich nations at a meeting in Italy last week, Trump had refused to endorse the agreement, rebuffing leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain.

During his election campaign Trump called global warming "a hoax" and promised to scrap the agreement.

Ever the showman, the 70-year-old gave his decision a reality-TV-style tease, refusing to indicate his preference either way until his announcement.

The White House had signaled earlier in the week that withdrawal was likely, but Trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute on such major decisions.

  • Salvatore Jensen