When President Donald Trump was running for office, one of the driving forces behind his election win was his promise of putting America first. Thus far, it looks like he’s doing exactly that. The Paris climate deal has been a subject of extreme controversy, with lobbying groups from the left and right doing their best to sway Trump’s opinion. As it became more obvious Trump wanted to exit, the cries for sticking with the deal only grew louder.
In spite of this, concerns about the deal’s impact on American workers and the United States’ economy have also been running high. While proponents of the climate deal have tried to keep the ball in their court, Trump recently announced the US would indeed be exiting the Paris climate deal.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh—not Paris,” Trump said to the White House audience—a statement many people met with applause.
While Trump’s decision took longer than most would have liked, the fact is that he spent a lot of time listening to voices from both sides of the issue before coming to a conclusion. And in the end, our president decided that the Paris deal was not good for Americans.
“The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers—who I love—and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production,” Trump said of the deal.
Will a new deal be made in the future? For now, this is where America stands—be proud.