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Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that he's stepping down from a White House advisory council following President Donald Trump's Thursday announcement that he plans to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord.

"As of today", Trump said in the White House Rose Garden, with a jazz band sitting idly by, "the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country". He said that it was important to have a seat at the table, and that his participation did not reflect an endorsement of Trump's positions or that of the administration.

"I made the U.K.'s position clear to President Trump last week at the G-7 meeting, as did the other G-7 leaders, and I made the position clear to President Trump last night". And they won't be.

"We will succeed because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again", said Macron, tweaking the "Make America great again" slogan promoted by Trump.

It also reiterates commitments to adaptation-strategies for dealing with the challenges of a warmer climate and rising sea levels, and efforts to finance a green economy.

Even former President Barack Obama broke the silence traditionally maintained by former presidents to help ease the country's transition into new leadership. The U.S.is now one of only three nations to reject the agreement.

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He complained in particular about China's terms under the agreement.

Nicaragua's government, which under leftwing President Daniel Ortega is allied with Russian Federation and Iran, has not given any public reaction to Trump's decision. "I'm very disappointed. I am angry", Japanese Environment Minister Koichi Yamamoto said yesterday, in an unusually frank tone.

Bloomberg Philanthropies said Friday it will pull together $15 million to "support the operations" of the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change, the arm of the UN that coordinates the Paris pact.

Mayors have said they will continue to implement emission reduction initiatives despite TRump's decision.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top officials from the European Union are on Friday set to reaffirm their commitment to a landmark climate change agreement.

China's state news agency Xinhua published a commentary that described Mr Trump's move as a "global setback". Take Norway's pension fund, for example - one of the biggest worldwide, more than 50 billion euros [over $56 billion], they invest heavily in the renewable energy. PM Modi announced that India will keep its Paris commitments-whether or not the United States is involved, but he has stopped short of signaling that India will fill the gap in leadership on climate issues or make up for the extra emissions to now be emitted by the US. The U.S. will now join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries that haven't signed on. "The U.S. withdrawal means that we have lost a very strong supporter and partner of the Paris Agreement and the main goal of the agreement - to limit the increase in temperature to under two degrees - will be much more hard to achieve".