Stars, Politicians Respond to Trump Plan to Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement

Leonardo DiCaprio, Bette Midler, Barack Obama and Al Gore all weighed in on the president's announcement.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump, as expected, announced his plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. While reports since Wednesday had said Trump was planning to leave the deal, reached by former President Barack Obama in 2015, it wasn't official until Thursday afternoon's Rose Garden ceremony.

Many Hollywood stars, politicians and other notable figures had already weighed in on Trump's expected move, criticizing the president for his anticipated action. When it was made official, though, more notables quickly took to Twitter to respond, as Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Adam Schiff bashed the Trump's decision.

Hillary Clinton called it "a historic mistake." Clinton tweeted, "The world is moving forward together on climate change.Paris withdrawal leaves American workers & families behind." Her husband, Bill, also criticized the decision. "Walking away from Paris treaty is a mistake. Climate change is real. We owe our children more. Protecting our future also creates more jobs," the former president tweeted.

Obama swiftly released a statement, reading in part: "A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children. ... The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in job and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we got."

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that he would be stepping down from the president's council. "As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal," Iger tweeted. 

And Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would follow through on his threat to leave the White House advisory council in light of the decision. "Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world," the tech entrepreneur tweeted.

Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tweeted, "Withdrawing from the Paris accord turns a symbol of American leadership into a symbol of American isolation. Damages our economy and security."

Hollywood figures like Leonardo DiCaprio, George Takei, Chelsea Handler and Leslye Headland responded with jokes and harsh criticism of the president's announcement.

"Trump is having the U.S. pull out of the Paris Climate Accord," Takei wrote. "Too bad someone didn't tell his father that he shoulda pulled out, too."

The departure is a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and a significant break with U.S. allies abroad. Trump said the U.S. would try to negotiate re-entry on better terms.

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