President Donald Trump has announced from the Rose Garden that America will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump talked about withdrawing from the agreement.

However, the U.S. did not officially join the agreement as The Washington Post points out:

What he should say is that the United States never properly joined the accord: It is a treaty that requires the advice and consent of the Senate. Instead, President Barack Obama choose to “adopt” it with an executive order last September.

Politico has reported that Trump’s administration has already sent word out to officials that America “will pull out of the Paris climate agreement.”

Trump said he decided to withdraw since it’s his job to protect Americans and American jobs:

From Reuters:

“We’re getting out,” Trump said at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden in which he decried the Paris accord’s “draconian” financial and economic burdens. He said American withdrawal “represents a reassertion of American sovereignty.”

Trump said the United States would begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new agreement “on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”

With Trump’s action, the United States will walk away from nearly every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century. The pullout will align the United States with Syria and Nicaragua as the world’s only non-participants in the accord.

Trump tapped into the “America First” message he used when he was elected president last year, saying, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

“We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more. And they won’t be,” Trump added.

“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.

Trump has come under pressure from world leaders and scientists to stay in the agreement, with the majority using DOOM AND GLOOM threats to keep America:

The Vatican, which under Pope Francis’ insistence has strongly backed the Paris accord, would see a U.S. exit as a “a huge slap in the face,” a senior Vatican official said on Thursday.

“It will be a disaster for everyone,” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo told the Rome newspaper La Repubblica.

Scientists have said a U.S. withdrawal from the deal could speed up the effects of global climate change, leading to heat waves, floods, droughts, and more frequent violent storms.