The Trump administration announced Monday that it will withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, citing the nation’s declining oil and gas reserves and concerns about the health of the planet.
Trump made the announcement at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The move comes as the White Nationalist movement gains momentum and threatens to undo President Trump’s promises to fight climate change and protect America’s interests around the world.
According to The Hill, the White State Council, the official organ of the president, released a statement Monday calling the decision a “bold and principled decision.”
The White House also announced the president will nominate a new chief of staff.
A number of Republicans are also urging Trump to reconsider his decision.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the withdrawal is “dangerous,” while Sen. Bob Corker (R -Tennessee) said, “It is very sad.”
In a statement, the National Republican Senatorial Committee urged the president to “refocus our energy on creating jobs and advancing our country’s economy.”