French President Emmanuel Macron had a sharp response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.
On Thursday, Macron called the Trump move “a mistake” both for the United States and for the entire planet. He also categorically ruled out the possibility of renegotiating the Paris climate agreement, as Trump had suggested during a speech at the White House Rose Garden on Thursday afternoon.
“I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the U.S. and for our planet.”
In a televised address that he gave in both French and English, Emmanuel Macron used Donald Trump’s own campaign slogan to fiercely denounce the U.S. president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
“We will succeed because we are fully committed,” he said. “Because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility.”
“[M]ake our planet great again.”
Macron’s dig at Trump came amidst a tidal wave of global condemnation for the U.S. president’s move. The Paris climate agreement was negotiated in 2015 and has since been signed by 195 countries. The landmark climate change accord was brokered, in part, by former U.S. President Barack Obama. The United States now joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only three governments not to sign the agreement.
We all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again. pic.twitter.com/IIWmLEtmxj— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 1, 2017
Macron and Trump attended the Group of Seven summit in Sicily last week, where the former expressed hope that the American president would take his G7 counterparts’ advice and support the Paris climate agreement. According to Reuters, Macron noted the U.S. president’s willingness to discuss the matter and praised Trump as a “pragmatist.”
His tough message to Trump is in stark contrast to his stance in Italy, where he was trying to stay positive about the U.S. leader’s upcoming action. On Thursday, Macron said that Trump has “committed an error for the interests of his country, his people, and a mistake for the future of our planet.”
“I tell you firmly tonight: We will not renegotiate a less ambitious accord,” he vowed. “There is no way.”
“Don’t be mistaken on climate; there is no plan B because there is no planet B.”
Macron also reiterated an offer he made during his election campaign, urging American scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and citizens who were dismayed by Trump’s decision on the Paris climate accord to move to France and work on solutions to climate change.
“I call on them, come, and work here with us. To work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment. I can assure you that France will not give up the fight.”
Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord in fulfillment of his main campaign pledge: “America First.”
“The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States. “
“We are getting out,” he promised, “but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that is fair.”
Before his televised address, French President Emmanuel Macron joined Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in shooting down Donald Trump’s renegotiation proposal.
In a joint statement, the three leaders asserted that the Paris climate agreement cannot be redrafted, saying that it is “irreversible” and is “a vital instrument for our planet, societies, and economies.”
Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter that the German chancellor had spoken with Donald Trump not long after his announcement to express her “regret.”
After calling Trump, she then spoke with Macron and agreed with him that Germany and France will take further initiatives in order to ensure the climate agreement’s success.
Macron, who was elected as the youngest president of France on May 14, is quickly earning a reputation as a force to be reckoned with. Time reports that at the NATO summit last week, he and Donald Trump had a handshake showdown, with Macron reportedly gripping the U.S. president’s hand until both their knuckles turned white. Then, in a meeting with other world leaders, he seemingly snubbed Trump, swerving away from him to greet Merkel instead.
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