Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein has broken his six-year Twitter silence to protest Trump's decision to take the US out of the Paris climate change agreement.
Blankfein joined Twitter in 2011, but despite amassing a healthy 11,600 followers, he has never opened his beak.
Last night, as leaders around the world spoke out against Trump, Blankfein tweeted:
Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 1, 2017
Business reacts to Trump
Blankfein wasn't the only business leader expressing his outrage over Trump's decision: Tesla's Elon Musk quit his role on a presidential advisory committee over the move, saying "climate change is real". Robert Iger, chairman and chief executive of Walt Disney, also resigned from the President's Council.
As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Other business voices opposed to Trump's decision included Apple's Tim Cook:
Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 2, 2017
World leaders react
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his nation was "deeply disappointed", a sentiment echoed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who said the deal guards the "prosperity and security of future generations".
French President Emmanuel Macron said the decision was a "mistake for both the US and the planet".
In a joint statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy all rejected Trump's suggestion that a new deal could be made.
The statement said:
We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies.
Other leaders also took to Twitter to voice their concerns:
Deeply regret US pulling out of Paris accord. No agreement is perfect, but unlike previous deals all key countries involved. Backwards step.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 2, 2017
Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) June 2, 2017
Trump's decision puts him in league with the governments of Nicaragua and Syria, two of the few countries not to have signed up to the agreement. This map, created for City A.M. by Statista, shows the nations which haven't signed up: