On Thursday, President Donald Trump declared his decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. This announcement came after much conjecture that the United States would step away from the international accord to avoid restrictions that unfairly cost American money and jobs.
The President described what he felt as other countries laughing at the United States in an address at the White House Rose Garden.
“At what point does America get demeaned?” Trump questioned. “At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?”
“We want fair treatment,” the President asserted. “We don’t want other countries and other leaders to laugh at us anymore.”
As such, President Trump held true to his ‘America First’ policies even though the potential to leave the deal was disapproved by many. Even the President’s daughter, Ivanka, urged her father to keep the United States in the agreement.
“I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh,” exclaimed Trump, “not Paris.”
“We’re getting out,” the President said about the Paris Agreement. “And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”
Although Trump believes that the carbon dioxide regulations enforced under President Obama were harmful to American progress, Trump asserted that he “cares deeply” about the environment. In an effort to protect American interests, Trump has simply declined to accept a “deal which punishes the United States.”
In sum, the President concluded, “This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.”
Here is President Trump’s full statement:
First reported by TheBlaze