On Thursday, Trump announced in the Rose Garden at the White House that the us would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, which is geared at combating climate change.

China's Premier Li Keqiang said fighting climate change is an "international responsibility", adding: "It's not invented by China. and we realise that this is a global consensus agreement".

Quebec's Environment Minister David Heurtel agreed, saying the Paris Accord will not die simply because of one country pulling out. In 2008, MA lawmakers passed a law requiring the state to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Pruitt - who advised Trump to withdraw from the Paris accord - insisted that his discussions with the president focused on whether or not the accord was good for the United States, and that Trump's personal views on the subject had not come up.

In response to Trump's decision, governors of California, Washington and NY announced Thursday formation of a coalition committed to upholding the Paris accord.

On the argument that the USA has lost its standing by backing out of the Paris deal, Pruitt said: "We're the United States".

It was the first time that Tillerson, who reportedly opposed the usa withdrawal from the landmark global pact to fight climate change, made public comments on the issue after Trump's announcement on Thursday.

Bloomberg, who is the UN Secretary-General's special envoy for cities and climate change, said the U.S. had led the world on emission reductions over the past decade.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo - both Democrats - also are joining the alliance.

The U.S. now joins the only two countries that did not sign the agreement originally to cut greenhouse gas emissions: Syria and Nicaragua.

The money, offered by Bloomberg's philanthropic foundation, would ensure there was no disruption to the UN's work on climate change in the wake of Trump's decision, he said.

The Paris Agreement's central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise in this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Mr Obama bemoaned the "absence of American leadership" that had seen the United States join "a small handful of nations that reject the future".

Spicer gave short shrift to suggestions that Trump's decision will lift China as a global leader.

"Nothing can and will stop us from doing so", she said in a brief statement to reporters. You're risking the future of the entire planet for a better deal??