“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh,” Trump said in a Rose Garden speech Thursday afternoon. “Not Paris.”
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said his city would continue to abide by the climate agreement.
Some Georgia Republicans were quick to back the president.
“When other countries are not willing or able to fully adhere to the terms and meet these targets it ultimately puts American companies and workers at a tremendous disadvantage,” said U.S. Sen. David Perdue, who was one of nearly two-dozen Republican senators to urge Trump to exit the agreement in a letter late last month.
Trump’s own advisers were said to be split on whether to withdraw from the Paris accord, with some notable business titans such as Apple’s Tim Cook and SpaceX’s Elon Musk urging the president to keep the country in the agreement.
But Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus was on the other side. He said exiting the agreement would keep electricity costs “reasonable for all businesses.”
Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race, warned that “history will condemn us” for leaving the agreement.
“I agree with our military, our intelligence community and peer-reviewed science that climate change is a major threat to our prosperity and our security,” he said.
Republican Karen Handel, Ossoff’s opponent, didn’t weigh in on Trump’s decision as of press time.
Several GOP lawmakers from the state said the Obama administration had initially overstepped when it agreed to the accord. They said the deal was akin to a treaty, and because of that the White House should have sought Senate approval.
“Government officials are bound by the Constitution,” said U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, “and policies that place restrictions on Americans cannot be unilaterally imposed by one branch of government.”
Staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.