President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, characterizing the decision as America vacating its leadership role on the world stage.
But he will stick to the withdrawal process laid out in the Paris agreement. That could take nearly four years to complete, meaning a final decision would be up to the American voters in the next presidential election.
It makes good on a campaign promise to “cancel” an agreement he repeatedly mocked and derided at rallies, saying it would kill American jobs. As president, he has moved rapidly to reverse Obama-era policies designed to allow the United States to meet its pollution-reduction targets as set under the agreement.
Reactions have trailed his withdrawal including from the former president Obama and a handful of American celebrities and activists.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) June 1, 2017
Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump for announcing the withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, characterizing the decision as America vacating its leadership role on the world stage.
Obama, who has refrained from commenting on his successor’s every action in office, did not name Trump in his statement, but nonetheless made clear that he believes Trump’s plan to exit the 2015 agreement will hurt America, economically and otherwise.
Watch | Trump full remarks on Paris climate deal.