President Donald Trump announced today the United States would leave the landmark Paris climate change agreement, breaking with nearly every other nation in the world on a pact to fight global warming.
In a speech peppered with fiery, campaign-style rhetoric Trump argued the agreement has been a drag on American businesses and is stacked to favor other nations, asserting that he’d been elected by the people of “Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Trump’s decision sparked immediate rebukes from allies, an array of corporate leaders, former President Barack Obama and others, including, as it turns out, the mayor of Pittsburgh.
In doing so, Trump fulfilled a campaign promise, but also suggested that, perhaps, the breakthrough agreement — signed by 195 nations — could be renegotiated to better suit American needs.
Mais, non, basically. French, German and Italian leaders quickly ripped Trump’s decision and said that the Paris agreement could not be renegotiated.
“We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible, and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies,” French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a joint statement.
Elsewhere in Trump’s orbit:
UNCERTAIN CLIMATE: After his Rose Garden speech, White House officials could not say whether President Trump believed in the science behind climate change.
TIME HAS COME(Y): Fired FBI Director James Comey will testify next Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Mark your calendars accordingly.
UKIP AN EYE ON HIM: The Guardian reports that Nigel Farage, a leader of the U.K.’s Brexit movement and who enjoys a fairly close relationship with President Trump and his associates, is a “person of interest” in the FBI’s Russia probe.
A FURTIVE KIS?: Congress is looking into a third, unreported meeting between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Two Democratic senators also urged then-FBI Director James Comey to investigate Sessions. (CNN)
BILL IS DUE: President Trump talked up the advancement of a tax bill in Congress — that hasn’t been written or submitted to Congress yet.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU: California Gov. Jerry Brown is rallying support for a sub-national climate pact, an effort that is taking on renewed urgency after Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement. He’s headed to China to rally backers.
And there you have it. You’re caught up on the Trump administration. TGIT.