Several tech executives – including Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft president and legal director Brad Smith, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt – condemned the decision.   Microsoft`s Satya Nadella stated that Microsoft believes that “climate change is an urgent issue that requires global action.” Google`s Sundar Pichai tweeted: “Disappointed with today`s decision. Google will continue to work hard for a cleaner and more prosperous future for all. Facebook`s Mark Zuckerberg said: “The exit from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy and threatening the future of our children. “The ue-Green agreement and the commitments of China, Japan and South Korea on CO2 neutrality indicate the inevitability of our collective transition from fossil fuels,” said Laurence Tubiana, one of the architects of the Paris Agreement and now executive director of the European Climate Foundation. As president, I cannot look at the well-being of American citizens any other way. The Paris climate agreement is simply the latest example of the Washington agreement that disadvantages the United States for the exclusive good of other countries and leaves American workers – whom I love – and taxpayers to absorb costs in the form of lost jobs, lower wages, closed factories and very low economic output. “The United States should stay with the other 189 parties to the agreement and not go out alone.” “And then, in a way, you prepare for what happened.” Petitions have been launched across the country to convince state governors to accede to the Paris Agreement or cancel Trump`s planned withdrawal, which included a “ParisMyState” and a MoveOn petition, which received more than 535,000 signatures.     No responsible leader can bring workers – and people – of their country into this debilitating and enormous disadvantage. The fact that the Paris Agreement is hampering the United States, while allowing some of the world`s largest polluters, should dispel any doubt as to why foreign lobbyists want to link and bind our great country to this agreement: it is about giving their country an economic advantage over the United States. That will not happen as long as I am president. I am sorry. (Applause) You promised to put America at the forefront of everything you do, and you did it in different ways, from trade to national security, to protecting our borders, to the rights of Washington, D.C. And today, you put America first in terms of international agreements and the environment.
The Chairman: Thank you very much. (Applause) Thank you very much. First of all, I would like to talk about the terrorist attack in Manila. We are monitoring the situation closely and I will continue to provide updates if anything happens during that time. But it`s really very sad what`s going on with terror all over the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved. Before I talk about the Paris Agreement, I would like to start by updating our enormous economic progress – absolutely enormous – since the day of the elections on 8 November. The economy is starting to come back, and very, very quickly. We have added $3.3 trillion in market value and more than $1 million in private sector jobs to our economy.