Declaring that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the historic U.S. withdrawal from the 194-nation Paris global climate change accord.
He might have checked first with the people of Pittsburgh, who voted for Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, by a 16-point margin, in the 2016 presidential election.
The global agreement to limit carbon emissions to head off global climate change still enjoys the support of the local Pittsburgh mayor, Democrat Bill Peduto, who tweeted a response following' Trump's quip.
"As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future"
Trump said the Paris agreement is more about other nations gaining a "financial advantage" over the U.S. than it is about climate change. The president said the deal, which he promised to try to renegotiate, gives "countries an economic edge over the United States," adding, "that's not going to happen while I'm president."