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.
A historic mistake. The world is moving forward together on climate change. Paris withdrawal leaves American workers & families behind.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 1, 2017
As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017
Walking away from Paris treaty is a mistake. Climate change is real. We owe our children more. Protecting our future also creates more jobs.— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) June 1, 2017
Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement is an abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 1, 2017
.@POTUS withdrawal from Paris Accord will forever damage our planet and our standing in the world. There is no Planet B, Mr. President.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 1, 2017
Abandoning the Paris accords will be horribly destructive to the Earth and horribly destructive for New York City.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 1, 2017
Rose Garden Photo-Ops That May Not Age Well: beer bash after House passage of AHCA, brass band for US exit from Paris Climate agreement.— Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) June 1, 2017
Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 2, 2017
Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is a four year process. The stakes for 2020 just got that much higher.— Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) June 1, 2017
Trump is having the U.S. pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. Too bad someone didn't tell his father that he shoulda pulled out, too.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 1, 2017
Withdrawing from the Paris accord turns a symbol of American leadership into a symbol of American isolation. Damages our economy & security— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) June 1, 2017
New York is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington’s irresponsible actions. #ActOnClimate— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 1, 2017
Leaving the Paris Agreement is indefensible. It's bad for our kids & grandkids, for economic development & for our position in the world.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) June 1, 2017
1) If Dems are smart, they should call for immediate meetings w POTUS to determine how to get back in the Paris Agreement— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) June 1, 2017
Pulling out of the Paris Accord... pic.twitter.com/Gn8HKwI568— Leslye Headland (@LeslyeHeadland) June 1, 2017
Here's the thing… Even if climate change were fake (it isn't), the would STILL be objectively better if countries follow the Paris Accord.— Keith Calder (@keithcalder) June 1, 2017
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Is it possible that Trump thinks The Paris Climate Accord is a Warped Tour band and that's why he's so against it? I mean, I would be.— Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) June 1, 2017
As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. https://t.co/3znXGTcd8C— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
I’m guessing that Donald Trump doesn’t see the irony in making his announcement to leave the Paris Agreement while standing in a garden.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 1, 2017
We're already feeling impacts of climate change. Exiting #ParisAgreement imperils US security and our ability to own the clean energy future— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 1, 2017
Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.— Jeff Immelt (@JeffImmelt) June 1, 2017
Withdrawing from the Paris Accord devastates our economy, our planet, & our children. This isn't leadership. It's an insult to humanity. https://t.co/rEPXAbKVg9— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) June 1, 2017
It'll be great to see all the economic progress in blue states & cities that continue to embrace science & the Paris deal.— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) June 1, 2017
Short-sighted #DonaldTrump quits Climate Accords. Think of all the time effort & money poured into this & he bails giving BigOil a windfall.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 1, 2017
There has never in US history been such a destructive megalomaniac in the WH. Thank you to US press and other numbskulls who put him there.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 1, 2017
We have to stop this asshole. This is urgent. You have to vote in 2018.— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 1, 2017
Trump is our national embarrassment.— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 1, 2017
Trump’s abandonment of the Paris Climate Deal demonstrates once again that he is void of basic business acumen, foresight, or initiative.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 1, 2017
Pulling out of the Paris Climate Deal is a total denial of reality & the future. The policy embodiment of Trump's giant comb over.— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) June 1, 2017
he is an evil man https://t.co/bA02F22B1R— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 1, 2017
FIRE SCOTT PRUITT - EPA HEAD - DEAR GOD THIS IS FUCKING INSANE— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 1, 2017
America First! Earth Last! #ParisClimateAccord— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 1, 2017
USA to Earth: FUCK YOU— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 1, 2017
Trump just committed a crime against humanity. This admitted predator has now expanded his predatory acts to the entire planet. #ParisAccord— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 1, 2017
Today Trump and his enablers have made my country the laughingstock of the world.— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) June 1, 2017
2017...the year science, reason and accountability died. https://t.co/0idQGE1jHK— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 1, 2017
How is stepping away from the Paris Climate change agreement 'Making America Great Again' America is one of the biggest polluters on the— Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) June 1, 2017
Not only is Trump killing the Republican Party, he wants to make their mascot extinct.— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) June 1, 2017
Trump is such a good businessman he decided to flood his buildings and golf courses with sea water. Four dimensional chess.— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) June 1, 2017
We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 1, 2017