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Pulling out of Paris climate accord best for US

European heavyweights France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement on Thursday that they regretted Trump's decision to withdraw from the accord, while affirming their "strongest commitment" to implement its measures. "As the world's biggest economy, the USA should serve an example to others, but it is doing just the opposite", Rogulev said.

Trump justified his decision by describing the Paris accord as "unfair", detrimental to U.S. economic interests and enriching foreign countries, namely India and China.

"But what has been said has been said". The country, she said, is prepared to "aggressively participate in the worldwide climate governance".

Responding to President Donald Trump's announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, Guterres said he is "deeply convinced" that states, cities, the business community and civil society will remain engaged.

With France's Emmanuel Macron taking the lead, they lashed Trump's decision as misguided and vowed to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet's future.

"All the countries are going ahead with their respective commitments regardless of getting funds or not", he said. "The Paris Agreement provides such a framework".

United States President Donald Trump has had controversial views on the subject of global warming and climate change and has been extremely vocal about them. "There is no backsliding on the Paris Agreement", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

The earliest possible date for America's official withdrawal from the Paris agreement is November 4, 2020 - the day after the next U.S. presidential election - although Trump's current term in office is not due to end until January 20, 2021.

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"Paris, at its core, was a bunch of words committed to very, very minimal environmental benefits and - cost the country a substantial amount of money and put us at an economic disadvantage", Pruitt said in response to a question.

German industry associations also criticised Trump's decision, warning that it would harm the global economy and lead to market distortions.

"'America first. Earth last', that will hurt everyone - Americans included".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn labelled Mr Trump's move to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as "reckless and dangerous" and accused Mrs May of "subservience" and a failure of leadership in not signing up to the statement.

"This action is totally contrary to their best interests: their health, security, food supply, jobs and future".

The announcement provoked widespread condemnation from political leaders, business executives and environmentalists around the globe, said the New York Times.

"We all live on a small planet and every nation needs to work with others to protect it", Microsoft President Brad Smith tweeted on Thursday.

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