Ambassador Haley: 'President Trump believes the climate is changing'

Carla Harmon
June 8, 2017

Former Secretary of State John Kerry compared President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate change to accused murderer O.J. Simpson trying to find "the real killer".

In his announcement on Thursday, Trump called the USA the world leader of environmental protections, and said he would "begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction" and that he wants to "make a deal that's fair". Her comments seem to partially answer a question that has been put to the president and those close to him ever since he made his announcement Thursday that the US would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

"The Paris agreement is irreversible and will be implemented because it is our responsibility", he said.

Haley continued: "He knows that it's changing and he knows the U.S. has to be responsible for it and that is what we're going to do".

The Paris accord is broader than any previous climate agreement.

Trump's withdrawal from the Paris accord - making the US just one of three countries, along with Syria and Nicaragua, not to participate - has been widely condemned by political and corporate leaders. "I think they applauded because they knew it was going to put this country at an economic disadvantage", he said. Especially when, after withdrawing the United States from the most important climate deal in history, aides might want to use the opportunity to show that the president understands the basic science.

Mr. Dickerson pressed the ambassador about Mr. Trump's assertion during the campaign that climate change is a "hoax". We are going to continue to be a leader in the environment. The United States is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases and this is the reason for which the president's choice is quite a blow to the global effort to fight climate change. "What he is doing is making sure that we have jobs for American citizens but also making sure that we have a clean environment".

As Buzzfeed points out, Trump's said in the past that we shouldn't trust what his aides tell us.

While acknowledging that there are "issues" with the environment, Haley said the United States could not allow German Chancellor Angela Merkel to tell it to "worry about Africa".

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