Former Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the GOP should be “proud” of the president’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, calling it a positive move.
“I think it is a positive thing for the country,” he told reporters at the White House.
“It is a step forward.”
Trump has repeatedly called climate change a hoax created by the Chinese to harm the United States and to steal American jobs.
He also has said that the US will withdraw from the pact and is seeking to “get rid” of regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions.
“He has shown that he can take actions that have a real effect,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas.
Pompeo was one of the few House Republicans to oppose Trump’s decision.
The move “was a very clear signal to the world that we are serious about dealing with climate change,” Pompeo said.
“We are a party that is going to take action and we are going to continue to lead the way.”
The president’s withdrawal comes after months of pressure from the GOP on Congress to approve an executive order to begin phasing out the use of fossil fuels by power plants.
The White House said Thursday that Trump’s executive order will allow the US to withdraw from international agreements that protect the environment, such as the Paris accord.
Trump’s withdrawal leaves a hole in the international environment that is expected to last for decades.
He will need to sign a new US commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before the US can exit the accord.