House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows was among the first congressional Republicans to praise President Trump for announcing the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Meadows, R-N.C., said the deal would have crippled the economy, in return for indiscernible benefits. Meadows noted Trump is upholding a campaign promise to dump the deal and his decision puts American workers first.

"I applaud President Trump for following through on this campaign promise he made to millions of voters across the country," Meadows said in a statement. "The Paris Accord is a bad deal for the American people — it hampers economic growth, burdens job creators, and stifles innovation to preserve an agreement where the benefits are minuscule at best."

"We all agree that we must be good stewards of the earth, but it doesn't require a treaty never ratified by Congress to accomplish that," he added. "Time and time again we've seen that businesses will adapt to consumer demand to use more environmentally friendly practices — there is no need to cripple entire industries with sweeping regulations."