Friday, June 2, 2017

Trump cements 'America First' doctrine with Paris withdrawal

The Hill ^ | June 2, 2017 | Jonathan Easley 

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord has put the world on notice that “America First” is not just a campaign slogan — it’s his administration’s guiding doctrine.

Trump on Thursday delivered on a key campaign promise by announcing he will pull the U.S. out of a 190-country agreement that former President Obama entered into less than nine months ago.

Obama had hailed the Paris Agreement as a “turning point for our planet” and the culmination of “an intense diplomatic effort” that drew scores of countries, cultures and governments into a pact aimed at slowing the rise in global temperatures.

Critics of Obama, including Trump, called the agreement another example of him putting foreign interests ahead of America’s.
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