The White House has said Trump will end implementation of carbon reduction targets set by former President Barack Obama and that the withdrawal would be in line with the long-standing withdrawal process set out in the agreement.  On September 16, 2017, a European official said that the Trump administration had softened its position on withdrawing from the agreement. It could also benefit greatly from clean energy production, especially if the U.S. continues to fall behind. WASHINGTON — Goodbye, Paris Agreement. Since Wednesday, the United States has officially exited the global climate agreement of the global climate agreement according to United Nations rules. Here`s a look at how it happened, what it means, and what might happen next. The problem with climate change today is that directional progress is not enough.