Arnold Schwarzenegger slams Trump's climate deal exit

Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts the new Celebrity Apprentice on NBC February 7, 2017. (

Arnold Schwarzenegger has blasted President Donald Trump for choosing to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement.

On Thursday, Trump announced that the U.S. would be pulling out of the 2015 agreement, which commits the governments of more than 200 nations to take action to prevent man-made climate change.

In response, actor turned politician Schwarzenegger has blasted Trump's decision, deeming it to be wrong and regressive.

"One man cannot destroy our progress," he said during a video published by media company ATTN. "One man can't stop our clean energy revolution. And one man can't go back in time. Protecting our environment will not destroy our economy. The bottom line is, great environmental policies do the opposite. They pump up the economy."

The Terminator star, who was California's governor from 2003 to 2011 and is a keen environmental activist, also called on American citizens to voice their opinions on the issue.

"You see, the people will rise up. Local and state governments will rise up. Other leaders from local governments will rise up and fill the void that you are creating," he added.

The actor's message is not the first time he has criticized Trump, as the pair exchanged insults after Schwarzenegger replaced the President as the host of reality series "The Apprentice" in 2015.

Trump's plan to withdraw from the agreement sparked condemnation from world leaders, as well as drew criticism from celebrity environmental activists.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who last year released a documentary on the subject of climate change, wrote in a statement, "Today, the future livability of our planet was threatened by President Trump's careless decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement."

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood also slammed America's leader in an appearance on U.K. television.

"It's a terrible disaster what's happened if Trump is going as far as this," she said on morning news show "Good Morning Britain."

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