‘We’re getting out,’ this is the “shocking” decision of United States President Donald Trump over the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
The US leader, through his series of Twitter posts expressing the country’s quitting over the climate deal under his leadership.
President Trump’s decision has received various opposition from politics, business and civil groups.
During the presidential campaign, the former CEO turned politician has vocally expressed his plan to withdraw with different US pacts including the Paris deal.
“The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” he said in a speech at the White House on Thursday.
The announcement of withdrawal is a sweeping step that fulfills a campaign promise while acutely dampening global efforts to curb global warming, says other experts.
Speaking from the White House, Trump said he was open to renegotiating aspects of the agreement, which was inked under his predecessor and which all nations except two have signed onto.
The US top leader was withering in his criticism of the pact, which he cast as a humiliating defeat for American workers that unfairly advantaged foreign countries.
“At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?” Trump inquired during an afternoon event held in a sun-drenched Rose Garden.
“We want fair treatment,” the leader said. “We don’t want other countries and other leaders to laugh at us anymore.”
The decision will means to a rebuttal of the worldwide effort to pressure Trump to remain a part of the agreement, which 195 nations signed onto.
Meanwhile, foreign leaders, business executives and Trump’s own daughter, Ivanka, lobbied heavily for him to remain a part of the deal, but ultimately lost out to conservatives who claim the plan is bad for the United States.
The leader, who has been known for his “American First” policy, said Thursday he was carrying out the will of the voters who propelled him to the White House.
“I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh,” Trump said, “not Paris.”