World leaders have roundly criticized President Donald Trump, who announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change on Thursday.
"I don't want anything to get in our way," Trump said of his decision to pull the US out of the agreement. "The US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers."
By withdrawing from the global climate pact, Trump fulfilled a campaign promise that his base supported; however, his decision was almost universally rejected by world leaders. 195 nations originally signed up to participate in the agreement.
Here are the world leaders who have spoken up about Trump's decision:
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: "We are deeply disappointed"
The Office of the Prime Minister released the following statement:
"We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Canada is unwavering in our commitment to fight climate change and support clean economic growth. Canadians know we need to take decisive and collective action to tackle the many harsh realities of our changing climate.
While the US decision is disheartening, we remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies. We are proud that Canada stands united with all the other parties that support the Agreement. We will continue to work with our domestic and international partners to drive progress on one of the greatest challenges we face as a world.
This is not only about the huge economic opportunities of clean growth and the need to address the pressing threats of climate change. This is about an ambitious and unshakable desire to leave a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for our kids and for generations to come.
We are all custodians of this world, and that is why Canada will continue to work with the US at the state level, and with other US stakeholders, to address climate change and promote clean growth. We will also continue to reach out to the US federal government to discuss this matter of critical importance for all humankind, and to identify areas of shared interest for collaboration, including on emissions reductions."
From the office of UK Prime Minister Theresa May: "The Prime Minister expressed her disappointment"
The BBC reports that after Trump called Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss his decision, officials said:
"The Prime Minister expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed that the UK remained committed to the Paris Agreement, as she set out recently at the G7.
She said that the Paris Agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and French President Emmanuel Macron: We "take note with regret of the decision."
A joint statement between Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was released following Trump's announcement:
"We, the Heads of State and of Government of France, Germany and Italy, take note with regret of the decision by the United States of America to withdraw from the universal agreement on climate change.
The Paris Agreement remains a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change and for implementing the 2030 Agenda sustainable development goals.
We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies.
We are convinced that the implementation of the Paris Agreement offers substantial economic opportunities for prosperity and growth in our countries and on a global scale.
We therefore 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.
We will step up efforts to support developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, in achieving their mitigation and adaptation goals."
Source: Government of Italy
French President Emmanuel Macron: "It's a mistake for our planet."
French President Emmanuel Macron took his displeasure on Trump's withdrawal a step further by making his stance clearer on Twitter: "I do respect President Trump's decision but I think it's a mistake for our planet," Macron tweeted. "Climate change is already changing our daily lives. It's not the future we want for our world."
Macron also delivered an unprecedented English-language speech at the Élysée Palace.
"To all the scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision by the president of the United States, I want to say they will find in France a second homeland," said Macron. "I call on them — come and work here with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate."
"Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility to make our planet great again," Macron said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: "Russia attaches great significance to it"
President [Vladimir] Putin signed this convention in Paris. Russia attaches great significance to it," said spokesman Dmitry Peskov, hours before Trump made his announcement. "At the same time, it goes without saying that the effectiveness of this convention is likely to be reduced without its key participants."
Source: The Independent
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