Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called Trump’s decision to take the US out of the Paris climate agreement an abdication of American leadership, and an international disgrace.
In a statement given to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Sanders said:
President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement is an abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace. At this moment, when climate change is already causing devastating harm around the world, we do not have the moral right to turn our backs on efforts to preserve this planet for future generations.
The United States must play a leading role in the global campaign to stop climate change and transition rapidly away from fossil fuels to renewable and more efficient sources of energy. We must do this with or without the support of Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry.
Sen. Sanders nailed it. The Paris climate agreement is about US leadership. What Trump is doing by withdrawing the United States from the agreement is telling the world that America is no longer going to lead.
The damage that Trump is doing with these kinds of actions will not be undone easily after he leaves office. Trump is destroying a perception of American leadership that has been built over the course of seven decades.
What Trump is doing is a disgrace, because it represents a lowering of the United States of America.
Donald Trump isn’t a president to be worked with. He is an obstacle that the rest of the nation has to work around.