"The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris accord indicates the government's lack of responsibility regarding the global community and it will increasingly isolate them", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, according to the IRNA news agency. "I just want to be clear on this: You're not willing to acknowledge that calling climate change a Chinese hoax is just a big box of insane?"
On Sunday, Pruitt echoed Trump's justification for leaving the global pact, saying it was bad for the USA economy. After all, he tweeted that global warming was an "expensive hoax" in 2013.
Haley's revelation comes at a time when the White House has refused to comment on Trump's views in the wake of the exit announcement. "That is where we are".
In response to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. formed the United States Climate Alliance with the goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.
General Electric Co CEO Jeff Immelt, who is on Trump's manufacturing council, said on Thursday he was disappointed in the decision and added: "Industry must now lead and not depend on government". Mr. Trump's announcement this week made the USA one of only three countries in the world not signed onto the accord.
"The withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, when set against the backdrop of the earlier withdrawal from TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), further narrows the window for USA business and workers to participate in - and benefit from - some of the fastest growing markets in the world", said Livingston.
He said under the Paris deal, developed countries agreed to set economy-wide reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while developing countries "should continue enhancing their mitigation efforts" with the aim of achieving economy-wide absolute reductions eventually.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, talks during the opening ceremony of the Sakirpasa Umran school for Syrian refugee children, funded by the United States government, in Adana, southern Turkey, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Like many other Trump advisors that did not agree completely with Trumps's ways, Musk argued that his access to the commander-in-chief gave him the chance to change Trump's mind.
"I have not had an opportunity to have that discussion" with the president, responded press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday.
Later on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence said that remaining in the accord would have proved costly to U.S. economic growth and to the working-class Americans at the core of Trump's political base.
"If you really cared about that piece, and you're one of these CEOs crowing today, then you would say 'let's get a better deal, '" she said in the interview on Friday, adding that Trump had said he was open to future negotiations.
Sticking with the Paris agreement could have meant accepting the very things Trump has rejected elsewhere: he has denounced or pledged to renegotiate free trade agreements, claiming they too put the United States at a disadvantage.