President Donald Trump used his Twitter micro blog to comment on events in France, where fuel tax imposition caused public outrage culminating in a wave of urban violence. President Macron had to postpone his plans to implement his measure, conceived in name of climate change agenda:
“I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago,” Trump tweeted.
“The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters,” said Trump, referring to a global deal on the environment drafted in Paris in late 2015.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe decided to freeze planned increases to fuel taxes for at least six months in response to weeks of sometimes violent protests in big cities all over France, marking the first major U-turn by Macron’s administration in 18 months in office.
In Berlin the European leaders declared their intention to unite their efforts to achieve the climate change goals, and free trade at the upcoming G20 summit, but made clear that they have no thoughts of reproaching the U.S. President Donald Trump who has different opinion n both issues.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European countries wished to send a message of “determination” at the summit in Hamburg on July 7-8 but also search “common solutions” with Washington on issues like climate change.
French President Emmanuel Macron said he hoped the US administration would “return to reason” after announcing it would pull out of the Paris climate accord, but added that it did not make sense to isolate Trump, saying Europe shared “a lot” with Washington, including the view that defeating terrorism.
“The European Union and the African Union reaffirm their strong commitment to full implementation of the Paris agreement, and call on all partners to keep up the momentum created in 2015,” – says the EU-African Union Joint Communiqué on the Implementation of the Paris Agreement.
“Ahead of the COP23 in November they pledge to work together to finalise the Paris Agreement work programme. Climate change and renewable energy will figure on the agenda of the upcoming Africa-EU Summit in Abidjan on 29/30 November. This will be an opportunity to confirm the strong solidarity with those most vulnerable to climate change and the determination to work together to build strong and sustainable economies and societies resilient to climate change. The European Union and the African Union reaffirm their commitment to continuing to address the adverse effects of climate change on human and animal health, natural ecosystems and other social and economic impacts that threaten our developmental gains as a global community.”
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change:
“We’re getting out,” Trump said at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden in which he decried the Paris accord’s “draconian” financial and economic burdens. He said American withdrawal “represents a reassertion of American sovereignty.”
Trump said the United States would begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new agreement “on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”