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U.S. President Donald Trump's transactional approach to multinational agreements is very different from that of his predecessors. Whereas previous presidents have viewed international accords in the context of broader U.S. trade and security strategy, Trump looks at them in isolation. Upon taking office, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement among 12 Pacific Rim countries that would have created the world's largest free-trade zone. Consider Trump's recent decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, which was met with widespread condemnation from foreign leaders, environmentalists and many CEOs, all decrying America's retreat from global leadership.So, when President George W. Bush withdrew the U.S. from that agreement, he relied on the same argument that Trump is now using to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris accord.Still, it would have been preferable if the U.S. had stayed in the Paris Agreement.
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