GOP senator 'disappointed' Trump withdrawing from climate deal
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Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Senate eyes quick exit after vote on coronavirus stimulus package 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 CorkerMcConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial RNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight MORE (Tenn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump says he's considering restricting travel to coronavirus 'hot spots' Coronavirus crisis scrambles 2020 political calculus Trump reviews Pelosi on morning TV: 'She wasn't bad' 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 McConnellOvernight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes McConnell: Pelosi trying to 'jam' Senate on fourth coronavirus relief bill On The Money: House Dems push huge jobs project in wake of coronavirus | Trump leans on businesses in virus response | Lawmakers press IRS to get relief checks to seniors 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 KerryPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Longtime Biden adviser posthumously tests positive for coronavirus 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.