Conservative groups praised President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, with many saying leaving the climate pact would put American taxpayers back in control.

Mike Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, said the president's move is the "right course of action."

Needham praised Trump for "not succumbing to pressure from special interests and cosmopolitan elites."

"Withdrawal from the agreement marks a critical step in unraveling former President Obama's destructive legacy," he said. "Not only did Obama make this agreement without approval from Congress, but in doing so he handed more control of America's energy to foreign officials. President Trump's decision is a win for both his administration and the American people."

Trump announced in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday he would take steps to exit from the Paris Agreement, a process that will take four years to complete.

His decision was criticized by many Democrats including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry. Obama entered the U.S. into the deal last year.

But other conservative groups joined Heritage Action in praising his move.

The Club for Growth said Trump's decision put "American taxpayers and businesses back in the driver's seat."

"For far too long the Obama Administration allowed foreign governments and alarmist environmentalists to dictate, not only climate change policy, but worse our nation's economic policy," David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, said in a statement. "President Trump's decision sends a strong message to the environmentalist movement: no longer will the United States be strongarmed by their scare tactics intended to harm our economy and inhibit economic growth."

Trump said during the campaign he would leave the Paris climate accord, and his move to follow through with his campaign promise earned him praise from Jenny Beth Martin, president of the Tea Party Patriots.

"Once again, President Trump has continued to keep his word to the American people both on specific initiatives like the Paris Accord and his broader promise to put our citizens and America first," Martin said.

"Thankfully, we have a President in Donald Trump who is dedicated to keeping his promises and putting American workers and America first and we will be much better off as a country thanks to this courageous decision by the president," she continued.

Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who led Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency, criticized the Paris Agreement and said Trump is "leading the world toward a brighter future."

"The Paris Climate Agreement promises no measurable climate benefits at an incredible economic and political cost to Americans," he said. "By getting out of the agreement, President Trump is leading the world toward a brighter future as low energy prices over the long-term will benefit consumers and energy-intensive industries."