A comic from Australia’s The Age just brutally roasted Trump in response to his withdrawal from the Paris climate accords.
In the comic, a dining table is shown with the flags of the world on each respective chair, and the words “PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD” on a placard in the middle of the table. The flags on the chairs shown are those of Australia, the United Kingdom, and France. Most notably, however, is a high chair meant for a toddler at the end of the table with the United States flag, symbolizing how the Australian paper views President Trump’s decision to exit the agreement.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 2, 2017
After Trump’s exit from the agreement that former President Barack Obama signed in December of 2015, international relations will likely be decidedly more difficult during the Trump administration. The only other two countries that didn’t join the agreement were Nicaragua (because the agreement wasn’t strong enough on curbing carbon emissions) and Syria, because its government is a little preoccupied with quelling a rebellion.
As Vox’s Zack Beauchamp wrote, Trump’s decision to leave the Paris accords is likely to ruffle the feathers of fellow G7 countries — and critical allies abroad — like the UK, France, Canada, Japan, Germany, and Italy. While the United States has long since been a global leader on international issues, Trump’s decision may hurt the U.S. in the long run in terms of how other countries currently view their presence in international agreements and treaties that benefit America:
America’s status as sole superpower persists in part because other powerful countries, like France and Germany and Japan, think that American leadership is in their best interests. Every time Trump suggests these countries can’t count on the US anymore — through actions like pulling out of Paris and insulting NATO allies in his foreign trip — he threatens the very foundations of America’s global power.