Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has defended President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris accord but underlined that the US was committed to curbing climate change.
"Just because the US got out of a club does not mean we are not going to care about the environment," Haley said on Saturday.
Trump had announced this week his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change and proposed renegotiation of the deal. The accord was signed by over 190 countries during the previous Obama administration.
The decision has drawn a negative reaction from around the world with world leaders vowed to enhance their commitment to the landmark accord.
Haley, 45, has defended Trump's decision saying he knows climate is changing.
Trump "knows that it is changing and that the US has to be responsible for it and that is what we are going to do," Haley said, adding that withdrawing from the Paris agreement will not change the country's commitment to curbing climate change, the CNN reported.
"President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation," Haley said.
When asked why the US pulled out of the climate agreement, Haley blamed former President Barack Obama for agreeing to regulations that were "too onerous," too strict and ultimately unachievable.
Haley said the regulations from the Paris agreement were disadvantaging the companies.
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