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The Swift & Severe Reactions to Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Decision

US President Donald Trump announced he's pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement, despite 71% of the US public supporting the pact.

While world leaders and business leaders had spent weeks lobbying him to stay in the deal, the president decided otherwise. Disappointed with Trump's decision, reaction was severe and swift.

Here's a roundup of reactions from world leaders, US politicians, and business leaders.

President Barack Obama 

"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."

French President Emmanuel Macron

The newly elected president posted a video of his reaction to Trump's move, where he asked others to come together to "Make our planet great again." 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

According to a tweet by a spokesman, Merkel, who met with Trump in Italy during the G7, was "disappointed" in him.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

"It is disappointing. We would prefer the United States to remain part of the agreement. We are committed to the Paris agreement. We are on track to meet our 2030 targets of a reduction in emissions by 26 to 28 per cent from 2005 levels. And, I should say we are doing well. Our emissions, whether measures against by head of population or by, against GDP are the lowest they've been for 27 years."

Hillary Clinton

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Sen. Schumer called the decision "a devastating failure of historic proportions. ... The idea of searching for a new deal is a fig leaf. If you truly believe in improsing the Paris Agreement, you don't back out — you work with our allies and partners around the world. ... I seriously hoe the president reconsiders this awful decision."

Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric

"Disappointed with today's decision on the Paris agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government."

Vice President Al Gore

"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."

California Gov. Jerry Brown

“Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course. He’s wrong on the facts. America’s economy is boosted by following the Paris agreement. He’s wrong on the science. Totally wrong. California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle.”

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk

Musk announced he’d be leaving the White House advisory councils he’d been serving on because of Trump’s decision. "Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world," Musk said in a Twitter post.

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi said: Trump “is abandoning America’s leadership position. … and is sending a strong message to the rest of the world to create, design, and manufacture clean energy solutions elsewhere.”

Anne Hidaldo, Mayor of Paris + Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburg

After Trump said he represents the people of Pittsburgh, not the people of Paris, the mayors of each town weighed in on Twitter to wage their support for the climage agreement.

Bob Iger, Disney CEO

Iger, who served on the president's advisory council, stepped down. 

Tim Cook, Apple CEO

In an open letter to Apple employees, Cook said he had tried to persuade the president to stay in the agreement, but wasn't successful.

Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs

Blankfien issued his first-ever tweet to weigh in on the president's decision.

Food Industry CEOs