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McMorris Rodgers applauds Trump decision on climate agreement; Murray and Cantwell denounce announcement

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., listens during a news conference at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. McMorris Rodgers joined other Republicans in applauding President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Matt Rourke / AP)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said in a TV interview Thursday she would support President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

“I believe it disproportionately, negatively impacts America,” McMorris Rodgers said of the agreement in an interview with KHQ airing hours before Trump announced his decision at the White House on Thursday afternoon.

Washington’s Democratic U.S. senators moved swiftly to condemn the decision, which they said threatened the safety and economic vitality of the region.

“Our children, and our children’s children, will remember the moment when the President of the United States of America chose the short-sighted political payoff despite scientific fact, overwhelming global support, long-term financial stability, and the will of millions of families he vowed to represent,” Sen. Patty Murray said in a statement, adding that the president chose to “abdicate all responsibility and walk away.”

On Twitter, Sen. Maria Cantwell called Thursday “a sad day for America.”

“We all must show leadership now because our current President won’t,” Cantwell added.