The US President said the agreement, which was signed by nearly 200 countries agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, was “very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” adding that the US will seek an alternative deal.

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US President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, following through on a central campaign pledge.

In a Rose Garden address on Thursday, Trump said the agreement, in which nearly 200 countries agreed to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas in an effort to tackle climate change, was “very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”

“In order to fulfil my solemn duty to the United States and its citizens, the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accords or an entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States,” Trump said.

“The fact that the Paris deal hamstrings the United States while empowering some of the world’s top polluting countries should expel any doubt as to why foreign lobbyists should wish to keep our beautiful country tied up and bound down,” he continued.

Former President Barack Obama issued a rare statement slamming the Trump administration’s decision, and saying the US has joined “a small handful of nations that reject the future.”