‘Put America Last’: John Kerry Buries Trump After Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal
In response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would leave the Paris Climate Agreement, former Secretary of State John Kerry tore into the president’s decision, using some of his favorite slogans and catchphrases in doing so.
Speaking to NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, Kerry stated his belief that this was an “abdication of American leadership” and a “shameful moment,” especially since the United States “unilaterally walked away from an agreement which did not have one other country requiring us to do something.”
“The president was not truthful with the American people today,” Kerry exclaimed. “And the president who talked about putting America first has now put America last!”
The one-time Democratic presidential nominee continued to blast POTUS, throwing one of the president’s most-loved terms back at him.
“This is an extraordinary moment of fake news because the economy he described is not the economy of America,” Kerry stated, going on to rattle off some stats about clean energy and the American jobs it has created.
“He’s made us an environmental pariah in the world,” he added. “And I think it is one of the most self-destructive moves I’ve ever seen by any president in my lifetime.”
Kerry is hardly the only one who was outraged and disappointed by Trump’s decision. Democratic members of Congress sent out a ton of tweets, calling it “especially cruel.” MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace excoriated Trump for is “cynical and shallow” message to Americans. And the Vatican described the exit from the agreement as a “slap in the face.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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