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However, there were also warnings from Japanese climate change activists that pro-fossil fuel politicians, bureaucrats, and business leaders should not view Trump's decision as an excuse to scale back Japan's own efforts to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.

As widely predicted, Trump announced Thursday that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, but was willing to negotiate a new deal, though few countries looked likely to respond positively to that proposal.

Hua spoke in Beijing as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with European Union leaders at a summit in Brussels where the two sides were expected to adopt a joint statement stressing their commitment to the Paris deal.

But Britain did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, who said they regretted Trump's decision and insisted that the accord can not be renegotiated. His boast that the United States will be "the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on earth" rings hollow when combined with his decision already to wind back domestic environmental regulations.

Trump said in a Twitter post on Wednesday night that he would make the announcement at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Thursday in the White House Rose Garden, ending his tweet with "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

"What you can hope, I suppose, is some smart people who have an interest in pursuing clean tech and pursuing different ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - and quite frankly create jobs - may decide to locate themselves in Toronto". Trump also has expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken US industry.

Former vice-president Al Gore said the move was "reckless and indefensible", while Hillary Clinton called it a "historic mistake".

People before Profit TD Brid Smith called on the incoming taoiseach to refuse any meeting with Mr Trump after withdrawal of the United States from the Paris treaty.

Even oil giants such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell have said the U.S. should abide by the Paris deal.

Still, President Trump insists the industry restrictions mandated by the climate accord would harm American workers and businesses by making them less competitive in global markets.

Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Rasmussen said it was a "sad day for the world". While most of his tweets predate Trump's campaign, a few of them were issued during the 2016 Republican primary, where this kind of climate change denial was common among candidates. "If we can't, that's fine", he said.

Ibec, the group representing Irish business, reaffirmed its support for the Paris agreement.

Trump's decision was widely condemned by world leaders, senior political figures and a number of high-profile business people, as protesters gathered in NY.

In a tweet on Thursday, Musk reacted to the news that Trump had chose to withdraw from the Paris agreement by saying "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world".

And that may be at the heart of the president's decision, and what many global leaders and corporate CEO's like Tesla's Elon Musk don't seem to understand.

The announcement puts United States of America in an exclusive club with war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, a country whose reasons for not signing were because it felt that sanctions for non-compliance were not strict enough, something that the U.S. has taken full advantage of.

It aims to hold the increase in average global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with all the signatory states agreeing to reduce or limit their greenhouse gas emissions.

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