Global political and business leaders rounded against President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris Accord on climate change with messages on social media that illustrate the potential isolation the U.S. faces as a result of the Thursday announcement.
France's new President, Emmanuel Macron posted statements in both French and English on his verified Twitter account and urged "scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs" to "come here with us to work together on concrete solutions for our climate (and) our environment." However, a fourth post, in which Macron used language similar to that of the U.S. President, appeared to attract significant attention.
Billionaire businessman and sports owner Mark Cuban described the Tweet as a "troll" of the United States and called for Democrats to have "immediate meetings w POTUS to determine how to get back in the Paris Agreement."
Apple Inc.undefined CEO Tim Cook described the move as "wrong for our planet" while Goldman Sachs Inc. (GS) - Get Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) Report chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein said, in his first-ever message on Twitter, that it was a "setback for the environment."
Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, appeared to draw a distinction between Trump's decision and the broader American public when when Tweeted his disappointment that the "United States federal government" had left the Accord.
Walt Disney Co. (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report CEO Bob Iger, along with Tesla Inc. (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report founder Elon Musk, both indicated they would leave the President's advisory councils on climate change and the environment.
Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric Co. (GE) - Get General Electric Company (GE) Report , a vocal supporter of the President in recent weeks, said his company, and broader American industry, could no longer depend on the U.S. government.