US President Donald Trump announces his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accords in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 1, 2017. Trump complained that the deal, which was signed under his predecessor President Barack Obama, gives other countries an unfair advantage over US industry and destroys American jobs. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will exit the Paris climate agreement, dealing a blow to the global effort to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions.
But he said he’d be willing to re-enter an international climate deal if he could secure better terms for the United States. It could take years or even decades to renegotiate such a deal, however, even if other nations were willing to take part.
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“I am fighting every day for the great people of this country. Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” Trump said during a lengthy Rose Garden speech.
He continued, “We’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we’ll see if we can make a deal that’s fair. If we can, that’s great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”
Those who attended Trump’s speech …
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