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>> In explaining why he is pulling the the US from the climate agreement with virtually every country on earth, President Trump said this.>> I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris. The Mayor of Pittsburgh had something to say about that, tweeting quote, as the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy, and future.
Many US political leaders and executives as well as heads of state from around the world were quick to condemn Trump's decision Thursday to back out of the Paris accord. While he claimed he would try to get the US a better deal.>> We will see if we can make a deal that's fair.
>> Those in the know said that's not going to happen. Reuters Valerie Volcovici.>> The UN Climate Change secretariat, which is the body overseeing the Paris Climate Agreement, put out a statement saying it's not that easy for one country to renegotiate this agreement that over 190 countries have signed up to and 147 have ratified.
>> Germany, Italy, and France also responding with a joint statement saying the Agreement, which was already non-binding, could not be renegotiated.>> Make our planet great again, thank you.>> President Obama, quick with a statement of his own, writing that the Trump administration now, quote, joins a small handful of nations that reject the future.
Trump's anti-globalist supporters expected to cheer the pullout, as well as some conservative leaders and think tanks like the Heritage Foundation. The President promised the exit would create more jobs, but is getting a lot of pushback from the business community. The CEOs of Tesla and Disney saying they are leaving Trump's advisory councils over the decision.
The heads of Microsoft, Facebook, GE and Google also condemning the pullout. Even Goldman Sachs CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, in his very first tweet, writing that, quote, today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the US's leadership position in the world. As for the namesake of the accord, Paris' City Hall, late Thursday, was lit up bright green in support of the historic agreement.