GOP senator 'disappointed' Trump withdrawing from climate deal
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Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (Maine) criticized President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord on Thursday, saying she was "disappointed" by the move.

"Climate change requires a global approach. I'm disappointed in the President's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement,” she tweeted.

Collins sent a letter earlier this month urging the Trump administration to stay in the agreement. She is one of at least three GOP senators who have supported staying in the accord, along with Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials McConnell calls for Senate hearings on Russia sanctions MORE (Tenn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Polling analyst: Changes to legal immigration ‘the real sticking point among Democrats’ Graham would consider US-Russia military coordination in Syria MORE (S.C.).


Trump announced Thursday that his administration would withdraw from the Paris climate deal during a speech in the White House Rose Garden, saying the Obama-era deal was “very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”

Many Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee MORE (Ky.), praised Trump's decision, with McConnell likening it to Trump delivering "yet another significant blow to the Obama administration's assault on domestic energy production and jobs."

Obama slammed the decision in a statement, saying Trump would "reject the future" by pulling out of the pact negotiated under his administration with nearly 200 countries in 2015.

"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created," Obama said. "I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack."

Obama and former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryKerry on Trump's Russia response: 'I don't buy his walk-back for one second' John Kerry: Trump 'surrendered lock, stock and barrel' to Putin's deceptions Get ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks MORE called for cities and states to take the lead on combatting climate change in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.