President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, drawing anger and condemnation from world leaders. Ciara Lee reports on how the decision is a further blow to already complex transatlantic relations.
This was the message from Greenpeace outside the U.S. embassy in Berlin. But the condemnation of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 global agreement to fight climate change was felt around the world. Global leaders were quick to speak out Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged her country's support for the agreement. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "The decision of the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is very regrettable, and I'm expressing myself in a very reserved way when I say that." And the new French President made this plea. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States. I call on them: "Come and work here with us."" The lead on the Paris climate pact now falls to China and Europe. Right on cue Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arriving at a business summit in Brussels with top EU officials The meeting was expected to end with a joint statement reaffirming commitment to the agreement. .(SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT, JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, SAYING: "China and the European Union are aligned on the need for international solutions." Beijing has emerged as Europe's unlikely partner in areas from free trade to security. Trump's move has been seen by many to be the biggest blow yet to transatlantic relations. But some say his decision is no surprise. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CMC Markets, Market Analyst, Michael Hewson "It speaks to a direction of travel with respect to President Trump's relationship with the rest of the world. He needs to be seen to be you know basically playing to his electoral base and delivering on the promises that he made on the campaign trail. Trump's withdrawal from the pact means the United States will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only other non-participants in the agreement.