GOP senator 'disappointed' Trump withdrawing from climate deal
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Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration 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 CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE (Tenn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview 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 McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire 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 KerryWarren taps longtime aide as 2020 campaign manager In Virginia, due process should count more than blind team support Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents 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.