By Belinda Palmada
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday the US will abandon the Paris Climate Accord, the global agreement that aims to fight climate change.
The deal signed by 195 countries in 2015, is designed to bind the world community to slow global warming and rising sea levels.
At a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden Trump said: “We’re getting out.”
To fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.”
Withdrawing from the deal will not come as a surprise to Trump supporters as it was part of his campaign promises during his presidency campaign.
Former president Barack Obama, whose administration negotiated the deal, criticised Trump’s decision and accused him of “rejecting the future”.
Former vice president Al Gore said the withdrawal was reckless and indefensible.
“It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time” Mr Gore said.
President Trump said the US would renegotiate to re-enter either the Paris Accord or a new transaction on terms that were fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people and its taxpayers.