Aides described President Trump as "defiant" as he decided to withdraw from the Paris climate deal despite passionate lobbying from fellow world leaders; Silicon Valley titans; his daughter, Ivanka; and several of his key aides and Cabinet members.
- His big line: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh — not Paris."
- What he was thinking: A top aide noted that renouncing Paris was one of Trump's biggest applause lines during the campaign, said the president's basic mindset was: "This is a bad deal, and this was a campaign promise."
- The opposition: The top aide said threats from some corporate leaders — most notably Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who tweeted yesterday that he would leave Trump's business advisory council if he went through with withdrawal — amounted to bullying and had backfired.
Highlights and a whale of a GIF, from Axios' Shane Savitsky and Lazaro Gamio.
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