In withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the United States joins a brace of nations – Nicaragua, which felt the accord didn’t sufficiently address climate change, and Syria, a country ravaged by civil war – in rejecting a deal that the world’s remaining 195 sovereign states signed. In this speech, US president Donald Trump offers his rationale for exiting the pact. To some, Trump’s musings will sound arrogant, paranoid and petulant, while others may view his protectionist decision as a powerful retort to the supranational bodies that assert influence over individual nations’ sovereignty. Regardless of your political leanings, getAbstract suggests that you explore the entire spectrum of opinions – not just Trump’s speech – before drawing your own conclusions.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why US president Donald Trump is withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change,
- Why Trump believes the agreement puts America at an economic disadvantage and
- Why he seeks a better solution for the nation he leads.
About the Speaker
Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States.
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