The new cover of Germany’s Der Spiegel perfectly captures the mood of Germans in the wake of President Trump leaving the Paris accords.
A cartoon of Trump golfing with the planet Earth is printed on the cover. The Earth is careening toward the reader with a trail of flames behind it, with the caption “You’re fired,” which happens to be Trump’s signature catch phrase from his game show, The Apprentice.
Subtlety from the Germans pic.twitter.com/Kc82QCPLyv
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 2, 2017
The cover is obviously a reference to Trump making his decision to leave the Paris climate agreement official in a Thursday press conference. As a result of his exit from the historic accords — which former President Barack Obama signed in December of 2015 — several high-profile members of his business council left in protest. Both Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger announced they would be leaving the council in tweets sent Thursday evening.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017
While Trump attributed his reason for leaving the Paris accords to the deal not being good enough for U.S. businesses, author Naomi Klein pointed out that the Paris climate agreement was already fairly toothless as a result of U.S. government lobbying during the Obama administration.
Everything from the agreement’s non-binding nature that won’t enforce accountability measures on countries that break their word, to the softening of targets for phasing in of renewable energy, to raising the targets for keeping global warming below a certain temperatures came from aggressive American lobbying, as Klein wrote in The Intercept.
Der Spiegel hasn’t shied away from sharply criticizing Trump. Last month, the magazine published a scathing editorial titled “It’s Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel also made it clear that Germany would be distancing itself from the Trump administration following the NATO and G7 summits last week.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.