Amid the ongoing ‘Yellow Vests’ protests in France, President Donald Trump calls for an end to “ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement”
“Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes? The U.S. was way ahead of the curve on that and the only major country where emissions went down last year!” he tweeted Saturday.
In another tweet hours prior, he wrote: “The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting ‘We Want Trump!’ Love France.”
The US president has asserted these comments in the wake of the French protests over potential fuel tax increase and in general, rising cost of living.
Many experts reacted to his claims and have stated that his claims are not accurate, Axios has pointed out that the Paris Agreement does not actually include a gas tax hike though the outlet admits that efforts to address climate change would likely lead to higher fossil fuel prices.
And reporters at AFP have debunked Trump stating that France was chanting ‘We want Trump’ by stating that it was an actually a widely shared video which was shot in June during a U.K. demonstration for a well-known far-right figure.
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