Expressing deep concern over his successor's decision to pull out of the Paris climate pact, former US President Barack Obama has said that by doing so, the Trump Administration has joined a small handful of nations that reject the future.
"Thanks to Paris, united worldwide progress on climate change isn't theoretical anymore". He is a member of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum, a business advisory group, and Trump's manufacturing jobs council.
Donald Trump, however, said that his administration would renegotiate either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new agreement "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".
He added: "if we can get a deal, that's great". And he will stick to the process laid out in the Paris agreement - which could take the U.S. four years to leave the deal coinciding with the next presidential election, meaning American voters could have the final word on the decision.
Several world leaders, including Pope Francis are against leaving the accord.
Trump has taken a hard stance on climate change; at times calling it a hoax by China.
Professor Raghbendra Jha, executive director of the Australian National University's Australia South Asia Research Center, told CNN that India would fight to ensure the continuation of financial assistance as promised under the agreement.
DeMenocal said he's anxious the USA withdrawal could lead to a domino effect of other countries exiting, a fear many other experts expressed, as well. "At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?"
He vowed during the election campaign to "cancel" the Paris agreement within 100 days of becoming president on January 20 in order to bolster U.S. oil and coal giant, which bankrolled his campaign.
Trump said the Paris accord would undermine the USA economy, cost U.S. jobs, weaken American national sovereignty, and put his country at a permanent disadvantage to other countries.
"It's now necessary to look forward after last night's announcement by the US administration", she said, adding that Europe's biggest economy will continue to meet its obligations under the 2015 Paris accord.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, described it as a irresponsible and short-sighted decision.
Australia remains committed to the agreement, and today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called Mr Trump's decision to withdraw "disappointing".
Trump had publicly shown his displeasure with the Paris Agreement, more recently at the G7 Summit when he refused to support global effort to combat climate change.
Trump, however, has always been critical of the global climate accord, calling global warming a hoax, and had pledged to withdraw from the deal during the presidential elections campaign a year ago.