Despite European leaders urging him to do so, President Donald Trump would not endorse the Paris Climate Agreement. The accord is one of President Barack Obama’s signature accomplishments but, if President Trump holds true to his promise to re-negotiate or pull out of the agreement altogether then another of Obama’s policies has been reversed.
His decision did not set well with EU leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who literally begged the president to endorse the treaty. Deutsche Welle quotes Merkel saying her discussions with Trump on his views about climate change were very unsatisfying.
Trump’s economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said the president’s views on the matter were evolving. While Trump’s lack of endorsement is still not a fulfillment of his campaign promise, the president announced on his Twitter page he would decide whether or not the US will remain a signer of the Paris Climate Agreement this week. If the previous scorn of European leaders heaped on Trump should be any indication, the Paris Climate Agreement’s days maybe numbered.
The 2016 election was about whether America would be like Europe (Hillary Clinton) or America (Donald Trump). Thankfully, voters chose the latter. After eight years of Barack Obama not only apologizing for America’s greatness but also kissing the ring of European elites it is refreshing there is a president occupying the White House who not only understands the bigger picture on policy issues, like climate change, but who also loves his country.