President Trump’s announcement that he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement has been dubbed the “most dishonest address of his presidency.” Among at least 19 outright lies in the speech, Trump accused India of being paid off for its participation in the climate agreement.
Now, CNN’s Huizhong Wu reports that India is fighting back.
In his Rose Garden ceremony, Trump said without evidence:
“India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries… India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it. India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours.”
India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj issued a measured but stinging rebuke of the claims, telling reporters, “First of all, there is absolutely no reality [in Trump’s accusations].
“India signed the Paris agreement not because of pressure from any country nor greed. We signed the agreement because of our commitment to protecting the environment.”
She added, “Whether the U.S. stays or not, India will continue to remain in the Paris agreement.”
While it is encouraging that the rest of the world is prepared to take the necessary steps to save the planet despite Trump’s opposition, we are now faced with a disturbing new reality in global relations. Where the United States once led the free world, in the Trump era, the international community now looks to move forward without us.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com