On Friday, President Trump’s advocates cast his decision to pull out of the Paris deal as a suitable position for the U.S. that would unburden industries and save jobs. In reply, leaders and scientists of other nations pointed to jobs that could be created in green technology using China as a case study. Barbara Hendricks, Germany’s environmental minister, told German reporters that other nations will occupy the vacuum but none will be expected to fill Washington’s shoes.

Donald Tusk calls Trump's decision a mistake

The European Council President Donald Tusk, standing alongside Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, said in a statement in Brussels that the European Union and China were sure that President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Climate accord was a huge mistake.

South Africa said the U.S. pullout was a sign of irresponsibility. It said the U.S. had a moral obligation to assist poor nations.

Trump said in a statement that his sole responsibility as an elected president was to represent the citizens of Pittsburg and not Paris. By backing out of the Climate agreement, Donald Trump was fulfilling a campaign pledge. The Trump administration said it would follow due process to exit the deal. That means the United States would remain in the pact at least for another three-and-a-half-years.

U.S. to cease implementation of Paris Agreement

However, Trump announced that the U.S. will cease to implement the Paris agreement. He is cutting off from many of America’s strongest allies, who have expressed dissatisfaction with his decision.

Top officials of the White House also opposed his move, including Ivanka Trump, his daughter.

Under President Obama’s administration, the United States had agreed to remain in the agreement to reduce carbon emissions by more than twenty-five percent below the 2005 level by 2025. However, the targets are voluntary, allowing the U.S.

and the other countries in the accord to change their commitments.

President Obama, commenting on his successors policies, said that even if the Trump administration joined the “handful of nations to reject the future," the states, cities and businesses would do everything in their power to help secure the planet for the future generations.

The immediate consequences of President Trump’s decision could be detrimental to the group. The Trump administration said the U.S. will not make further contributions to the Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting data on climate change as required by the agreement. The decision has no obvious consequences on U.S. directives in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.