European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker did not pretend to care about coming across as “politically correct” in his assessment of President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
During his recent trip overseas, Trump refused to reaffirm his commitment to the climate accord, and on Thursday, the rumors and leaks that the United States was pulling out of the climate accord became official with an announcement from President Trump in the Rose Garden.
This accord dictates that the world work together to keep global temperatures from rising two degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial Revolution average global temperatures. To achieve this goal, countries that have signed onto the deal — which initially was a group including literally every country except Nicaragua and Syria — agreed to cut their carbon emissions.
It’s now more unclear than before what level of carbon emissions will be cut now that the United States as led by Donald Trump has gone back on their agreements under the Paris Accord.
The EU’s Juncker wasn’t at all impressed by the swagger with which Trump has continuously approached the whole thing.
In a statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday by NBC’s Hallie Jackson, he said:
‘The Americans can’t just leave the climate protection agreement… this notion, ‘I am Trump, I am American, America First and I’m going to get out of it’ — that won’t happen… Not everything which is law and not everything in international agreements is fake news, and we have to comply with it.’
The point that prompted these remarks from Juncker is that Trump has appeared for some time to think that he can just withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement with a snap of his fingers.
However, the actual deal lays out an up to four year long withdrawal procedure.