Trump: As far as I'm concerned, we're a developing country

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE on Thursday likened the U.S. to a "developing country."

Trump took aim at the Paris climate agreement during a speech to a builders' union in Richfield, Ohio. The president highlighted terms in the pact under which developed countries would pay less-developed nations to assist their transition to cleaner energy use.

“That was a disaster for this country,” Trump said of the climate pact, claiming it would have forced the U.S. to close factories. 

“As far as I’m concerned, we’re developing. Pay us some money. We’re developing," he continued.


"Maybe we’ll call it redeveloping, because we’re redeveloping. But it was unfair," he said.

Under Trump, the U.S. is withdrawing from the global climate pact, which sets environmental goals for participants. The process though will take until at least November 2020.

Trump's speech Thursday was to be focused on infrastructure, but the president also covered a number of other topics.

Trump has previously said U.S. infrastructure resembles that of a third-world country, specifically highlighting the need to improve America's airports

On Thursday, he argued his administration’s infrastructure initiative would help spur investment to address that issue.

“Now we are like in many cases a third-world country. It’s an embarrassment,” he said. “And we’re the ones that had the imagination and the drive to get it done. But we’ve got that again.”