Mick Jagger rails against Trump administration over climate change, rolling back of environmental rules
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Mick Jagger took aim at the Trump administration on Saturday for its efforts to roll back a number of environmental regulations in the past few years, saying the United States “should be the world leader in environmental control but now it has decided to go the other way.” 

The Rolling Stones frontman made the remarks at the Venice Film Festival where he was promoting the premiere of a new film, Jagger criticized the Trump administration for its stance on climate change, Rolling Stone reported.


“We are in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the U.S., where all the environmental controls that were put in place – that were just about adequate – have been rolled back by the current administration so much that they are being wiped out,” he said at the festival. 

“The U.S. should be the world leader in environmental control but now it has decided to go the other way,” he continued.

He went on to say that he is “so glad that people feel so strongly about that that they want to protest.”

“I’m absolutely behind that. I’m glad they’re doing that because they’re the ones who are going to inherit the planet,” he continued.

The magazine also reported that Jagger sounded off on leaders “like Trump, [British Prime Minister Boris] Johnson and Argentina’s Jair Balsonaro who divide rather than unite.” 

“In so many countries, including my own this last week… but particularly the U.S, it’s a bit of a sea change. It is not about manners,” Jagger said, according to the publication.

He added that he is concerned about “where all this polarization and rudeness and lying [is going to lead us].”

Donald Sutherland, Jagger’s co-star in Burnt Orange Heresy, also echoed similar remarks at the premiere, according to the magazine.

“Mick is right, the controls [in the U.S.] under Obama were barely adequate – now they are being torn apart. It’s the same in Brazil and they will be torn apart in England [under Brexit]…” he said. 

“When you are 85 years old and you have children and grandchildren, we will leave them nothing if we do not vote those people out of office in Brazil and in London and in Washington. They are ruining the world. We have contributed to the ruination of it, but they are ensuring it,” Sutherland added.

Jagger and Sutherland also spoke in support of the protesters that stormed the red carpet during the event. Approximately 300 demonstrators sat on the red carpet demanding action on fighting climate change, with some banners and signs that said "our home is on fire," Reuters reported.