"Climate change is real"

By Lucinda Shen
Updated: June 1, 2017 5:14 PM ET

True to his word, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is leaving the president’s economic advisory council.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Though Trump pledged to renegotiate the deal, he also hedged that it would be “fine” if those talks failed. Not long after, Musk tweeted that he was departing the council, adding that “climate change is real.”

Musk first pledged to resign from his advisor position if the U.S. left the Paris Agreement on Wednesday, after a report suggested Trump was expected to withdraw.

It’s a stunning reversal for the CEO, who previously resisted calls for his resignation from Trump’s council. Like many other Trump advisors that did not agree completely with Trumps’s ways, Musk argued that his access to the commander-in-chief gave him the chance to change Trump’s mind.

Now, though, Musk isn’t letting up on the topic (he also runs other green companies like SolarCity). He sent a second tweet debunking one of Trump’s claims about the Paris agreement.

Ahead of Trump’s announcement Thursday, other top CEOs in the U.S. urged the president not to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Exxon CEO Darren Woods.

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