World leaders push back after President Donald Trump withdraws from climate pact

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-Environmental campaigners staged protests Friday against President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, while other nations pledged to double down on their efforts to curb global warming in response to the USA move.

"That was done in the absence of the Paris agreement", Tillerson told the Associated Press, "I don't think we're going to change our effort to reduce our emission in the future, either".

World leaders have reacted with anger and defiance after President Donald Trump announced that the United States, the world's second biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Moments after announcing the pull out, Trump himself tweeted: "My job as President is to do everything within my power to give America a level playing field".

French President Emmanuel Macron was damning, saying in a late-night TV address that the United States had "turned its back on the world".

Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris Agreement was also criticized on Friday by Minister of Health and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski, who said that the U.S.is taking course toward becoming a developing country.

During a visit last month to Saudia Arabia and Israel, Trump urged moderate Arab states and Israel to unite against the common foe of Iran. The Paris Agreement is a milestone of the ongoing UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is committed to ongoing annual meetings to regularly revisit and ratchet up nations' climate goals, making them more ambitious over time.

South Africa called the US pullout "an abdication of global responsibility".

Professor Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society, said: "President Trump is not putting America first, he is tethering it to the past".

Setting up JKL-enhanced video of the announcement, Kimmel said, "It made sense that he did it from the Rose Garden - while we still have roses and gardens..." The Paris Agreement applies to both rich and poor countries, though it says the rich should take the lead in cutting emissions.

The Paris climate agreement, reached in December 2015, is an worldwide agreement that seeks to keep the global average temperature below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and below 1.5 degrees Celsius if possible.

Other world leaders, however, have condemned Trump's decision.

The decision left the U.S.as the only major country that won't be part of the 195-country global accord - and just one of three worldwide.

"In Berlin, Greenpeace activists projected Mr. Trump's silhouette onto the side of the U.S. embassy along with the words "#TotalLoser, so sad!"

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