President Donald Trump was just called out at the G-7 summit meeting held in Taormina, Italy on Friday by the leaders of Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
All of them urged Trump to not back out of the historic Paris Accord deal struck by President Obama in 2015 which pledges to keep a check on rising global temperatures created by fossil fuels.
According to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump was the only one at the table who wasn’t onboard with the plan.
“We made it clear that we want the U.S. to stick to its commitments,” Merkel told reporters after a closed-door G-7 meeting. “There were very different arguments from us all urging the president to hold to the climate accord.”
After the meeting, Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn said that the president’s views were “evolving” and that he now feels “much, much more knowledgeable” after the conversation. He also admitted that Trump “came here to learn. He came here to get smarter.”
Even after acknowledging his lack of expertise in the area, Trump left the meeting without pledging to stay with the pact. “I’d rather take my time,” Trump reportedly told the leaders, instead of making a decision on the matter.
Previously, Trump has promised to withdraw from the deal. He even went as far as to call climate change a “hoax” perpetuated by the Chinese. Despite all this, Trump and his administration are twiddling their thumbs now. They’re not saying whether they will stay in or not anymore. Why are they stalling for more time? That’s what the meeting was supposed to be about – to strike a commitment one way or the other.
Currently, the United States is the only country in the deal that has not confirmed “total agreement.” Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says the U.S. was still an “open question” because of Trump. He still thinks it’s possible Trump will come onboard, though.
“We are sure that after an internal reflection, the United States will also want to commit to it,” Gentiloni said, according to the Associated Press.
After the meeting, German Chancellor Merkel said it was rather “controversial” while the White House tried to spin it as more of a “robust” one.
Given all accounts, Trump is under tremendous pressure right now from the world community. Even Pope Francis urged Trump to do the right thing and gifted him a copy of his book on climate change. Trump simply said he’d “read it.”
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There are decent Republican people. There are Republican voters and politiciansand writers who promote principles of public decency. But there aren't enough of those individuals to have prevented the Republican Party, as a national institution, from becoming one that welcomes and encourages violence and white-supremacist racism.
- The party has almost universally supported the agenda and personality cult of Donald Trump, who once bragged about grabbing women "by the pussy." Trump has been credibly accused of sexual assault by 14 women and has been accused by six others of entering changing rooms in which he knew that teenage girls would be undressed.
- One of the president's senior advisers, Steve Bannon, has reportedly endorsed a book about race war—beloved in the neo-Nazi community—which refers to black individuals as "niggers" and "rats." Bannon openly supports white nationalist goals such as reducing the number of Asian American CEOs and was heavily involved in creating the career of white nationalist and Nazi fetishist Milo Yiannopoulos.
- Trump's son, who was a key part of his campaign, repeatedly conducted campaign outreach to open, unapologetic white supremacists. The president himself conducted an exclusive campaign Q&A with a notorious internet forum rife with white supremacist hate speech.
- Congressman Steve King, who has repeatedly endorsed white-supremacist talking points and praised European white nationalist parties, was once considered a nuisance by party leaders but has been embraced and promoted by Trump.
- The Trump administration reportedly recently hired a woman whose most recent job was running an anti-immigration group that was founded by a white supremacist and has long-standing connections to the sewer world of race science.
- Eyewitnesses from Fox News, of all places, say the newest Republican congressman—Montana's Greg Gianforte—body-slammed and punched a reporter who had approached him to ask a question about the American Health Care Act on Wednesday night. Gianforte was almost immediately charged with assault by a local sheriff who had donated to his campaign. Then, on Thursday, he was elected to Congress, where other Republicans appear ready to welcome him with, at most, the suggestion that he"apologize" for engaging in the spontaneous beating of someone who was trying to ask him a question about public policy.
Are there elected Democrats who express dubious views and commit crimes? Yes! But when those individuals get caught, they resign. They become, for example, "disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner." But the idea of disgrace is no longer a relevant concept in a Republican Party whose leaders and voters collectively condone and encourage violence against women, violence against the press, and the expression of white-supremacist views. That's not hyperbole, or a cheap shot—it's just reality. Happy Memorial Day!