After days of drama and suspense, President Trump announced Thursday that his administration will exit the Paris climate agreement.  “So we’re getting out,” Trump said. “The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”  His decision fulfills a campaign promise and satisfies strong Republican opposition to the global climate deal but isolates the U.S. and is certain to bring condemnation from world leaders and critics in the scientific community.
Leaving the accord aligns the United States with Syria and Nicaragua.  Critics argue it will hurt the economy but supporters say it will create jobs down the line.  Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday on Twitter – prompting American allies around the world to weigh in on the consequences of the U.S. withdrawing from the global pact.
Though there are no legal ramifications for pulling out of the accord, it does alienate America and diminish its standing as a global leader.