"What we want to do is say is we are a sovereign country.
These groups will take vigorous and ambitious actions to address climate change, and we will communicate those actions in a transparent and accountable way to the U.N. The United States can, and will, meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement".
In his speech, Trump claimed that the celebration surrounding the signing of the agreement - which involved 195 nations - was fueled by placing the U.S.at a "very, very big economic disadvantage".
More than 1,000 governors, mayors, businesses and others are committing to uphold the goals of the Paris climate change agreement. "We will always be leaders in the environment".
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said withdrawing from the accord was based on sound financial reasoning.
Trump has referred to this whole issue as being a hoax in the past, and he has become quite famous for being a climate change denier.
In a speech delivered on 1 June, Trump argued that the current deal puts the USA at a disadvantage and called for a fresh round of negotiations to reach a new, "fairer" accord. In 2015, Trump told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he was "not a believer in man-made global warming", but in November 2016, he told The New York Times that there was "some connectivity" between human activity and climate change.