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Reaction to President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement

President Trump has announced that he is pulling the United States out of the Paris agreement to combat global climate change. Here are some reactions from politicians and others.

The nations that remain in the Paris agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created.  I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack.  But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.

Former President Obama

In making the announcement, Trump said: “It is time to put Youngstown, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; and Pittsburgh, Pa. … ahead of Paris, France.”

That prompted a response from the mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris.

Removing the United States from the Paris agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America's standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity's ability to solve the climate crisis in time.

Former Vice President Al Gore

California Gov. Jerry Brown did not mince words, and Tesla's Elon Musk quit White House advisory panels in protest. The L.A. Times editorial board said Trump is "making the United States a force for bad and for wrong in the world." 

European leaders, meanwhile, issued a joint statement saying the accord cannot be renegotiated.

But there were supporters of the decision, including Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and the leader of the EPA.

2:40 p.m.: This article was updated with reaction from the mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris.

This article was originally published at 1:23 p.m.

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