2020 presidential candidates slam Trump over withdrawal from Paris climate deal

2020 presidential candidates slam Trump over withdrawal from Paris climate deal
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Multiple Democratic 2020 White House candidates slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE on Monday for beginning the formal withdrawal from the Paris climate deal.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Amazon backtracks, says email asking employees to delete TikTok was sent in error Amazon asks employees to delete TikTok from mobile devices: report MORE announced the beginning of the yearlong process of pulling out of the Paris Agreement, which he said put an “unfair economic burden” on “American workers, businesses and taxpayers.”

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Several Democrats who hope to replace Trump took to Twitter to express their displeasure for his decision, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump commutes Roger Stone's sentence Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok House Democrat warns about 'inaccurate' polls: Trump voters 'fundamentally undercounted' MORE, who called the act “shameful.”

“As the climate crisis worsens each day and California burns and Iowa floods, Trump continues to abandon science and our international leadership,” Biden tweeted.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Ex-Sanders aide says Biden unity task forces need to go farther MORE (I-Vt.) posted two tweets in response to the announcement, one from his senator account and one from his personal account that called the president an “international embarrassment.”

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs MORE (D-N.J.) also criticized the president on Twitter, saying he is “eroding confidence in the U.S. & putting us on the wrong side of history.” 

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response State election officials warn budget cuts could lead to November chaos Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Minn.) pledged to recommit to the Paris climate accord on her first day as president.

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockInternal poll shows tight battle in Montana House race The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools MORE made the same pledge and condemned Trump for “putting polluters above people.”

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden campaign hires top cybersecurity officials to defend against threats Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street Buttigieg's new book, 'Trust,' slated for October release MORE told MSNBC on Monday that the U.S. cannot solve the climate problem without international assistance, and the world cannot solve it without American help. 

“Paris should be viewed as a floor, not a ceiling," he said. 

Trump announced in 2017 the U.S. would leave the Paris climate agreement, which is signed by every other country in the world.