After declaring himself a climate change doubter, it was clear that Donald Trump and the Paris Agreement will not go hand in hand if he is elected president. Whenever the GOP presidential candidate goes rogue and starts talking about what he’ll do as a president, things escalate quickly.
Even though he proved that he is able of acting diplomatically when Trump met with Paul Ryan last week, the Republican businessman sometimes talks about the drastic changes that he wishes to implement when he occupies the Oval Office.
In an interview with Reuters, Trump was asked about his opinion on the historic agreement, the act that was named both a “major leap for mankind” and a “historic turning point,” and he was not pleased.
According to Reuters, the GOP presidential candidate thinks that the Paris Agreement favors China and treats the Unites States in an unfair manner.
“I will be looking at that very, very seriously, and at a minimum, I will be renegotiating those agreements, at a minimum. And at a maximum I may do something else,” Trump told Reuters.
However, there are a couple of things that the Republican is not taking into consideration when talking about the renegotiation of the accord. First, it’s called the Paris Agreement, or the Paris Climate Accord, because it is a consensus reached by over 170 participating countries.
Second, a renegotiation of the aforementioned pact would cost time and money that should otherwise be directed towards accomplishing the things that were discussed during the talks.
Donald Trump and the Paris Agreement renegotiation is not the only thing that the GOP candidate mentioned during the cited interview. He also mentioned that he “would have no problem speaking to Kim Jong-un” about North Korea’s nuclear program.
Furthermore, he said that he would be willing to travel to China and participate in the talks. And since he was already speaking about his foreign policy, he mentioned that, while he is flattered that Vladimir Putin said good things about him, he would not freely help the Russian president in a negotiation.
“The fact that he said good things about me doesn’t mean that it’s going to help him in a negotiation. It won’t help him at all.”
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