The mayor of Paris has some harsh words for President Trump following his decision to leave the 195-nation climate agreement.
Despite former President Barack Obama striking the Paris accords with foreign leaders in December of 2015, Trump announced he would be pulling the United States out of the historic agreement in a Thursday afternoon press conference. Anne Hidalgo, Paris’ mayor, expressed her disappointment with Trump’s decision following his announcement.
“That incredible diplomatic achievement could not have been secured without the decisive role of the United States of America. That is why President Trump is committing a mistake with dramatic and fatal consequences,” Hidalgo said in a public statement, according to Reuters.
“Regardless of President Trump’s decision, the great cities of the world, in particular the twelve American C40 cities, remain resolutely committed to doing what needs to be done to implement the Paris agreement,” she added, in reference to the 90+ global cities that have pledged to do everything in their power to stem rising global temperatures by reducing carbon emissions.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has already pledged to ignore Trump’s plans to withdraw from the Paris agreement, and use his authority as mayor of America’s largest city to adhere to the standards outlined in the December 2015 accords.
“The president withdrawing from the Paris Agreement would be horrible destructive for the planet, the country, and this city,” Mayor de Blasio tweeted. “President Trump should know that climate change is a dagger aimed straight at the heart of New York City.”
Trump’s decision to withdraw means that the U.S. will join Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations not to sign on to the 195-nation climate deal. Tesla CEO Elon Musk already announced his intent to resign from all of Trump’s presidential councils in protest of the decision.
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.