Trump withdraws US from Paris climate deal

"This Agreement is alive and we will take it forward with or without the US administration", Tajani said in a comment on the announcement by US President Donald Trump that Washington pulls out from the "unfair deal".

"We reaffirm our strongest commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement, including its climate finance goals and we encourage all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change".

Trump, in a nationwide broadcast on Thursday, said USA would either seek re-negotiation or remain withdrawn from the agreement that went into effect on November 4, 2016.

France, Germany and Italy have said the climate deal can not be renegotiated. "We are custodians of large ocean states, leaders in progressive policy, ambitious and outspoken foreign diplomats, so we will continue as torchbearers, paving the way into the new, safe, just and sustainable world".

The move did not necessarily come as a surprise- reports on Wednesday indicated Trump meant to leave the agreement.

The withdrawal represents a "reassertion of American sovereignty", according to the president, who says he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". In it, the former president warned that the United States would risk missing out on the economic benefits of being a part of the Paris agreement.

In a statement, he called on local governments at the state and city levels to stay with the deal.

Jerry Brown, and Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the coalition will convene USA states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking action against climate change. Another Intel executive said in a statement that the company thinks the US should stay in the accord. At home, our economy also stands to take a hit: Trump's decision puts more than a million clean energy jobs at risk. "He must now accept the consequences that we will all move ahead without the USA, as real world leaders embrace the clean energy transition and the social, economic, and environmental benefits it brings".

Trump's controversial decision deals a blow to one of Obama's legacy accomplishments. After the secession became official on Thursday, a number of business leaders issued statements condemning the move.

Musk had threatened to do so prior to Trump's announcement. "Am departing presidential councils", he tweeted. Climate change is real. "I don't believe fighting reality is a good strategy - not for America, not for anybody".

Disney CEO Bob Iger is also leaving Trump's advisory council.

"The president has listened to people from all sides and ultimately he's going to make the best decision for. the American worker", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

President Trump in the Rose Garden.

Last fall, Obama hailed the agreement as a "turning point for our planet".

"This administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future", Mr Obama said. "We will double our efforts to fight climate change", he said.

  • Zachary Reyes