Warren: Trump’s Paris deal exit a ‘big gift to Republican donors’

Warren: Trump’s Paris deal exit a ‘big gift to Republican donors’
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNA is irrelevant — Elizabeth Warren is simply not Cherokee The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump seizes on immigrant 'caravan' for midterms | WHCA criticizes Trump for praising lawmaker who assaulted reporter | Trump takes harder line on Saudis Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again MORE (D-Mass.) says President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate deal is a “big gift to Republican donors.”

“This isn’t jobs versus the environment,” she said Thursday, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. “This is a big gift to Republican donors.”

“In this democracy, government can be seized by a handful of people with money who can get government to tilt in their direction,” Warren added. “Money slithers through Washington like a snake.”


Warren added that with Republicans in charge, “every time it’s how can we help out corporate America?”

“[Congress] used to filter things by asking if it helps working families,” she said at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Warren has long been a voice critical of the influence of money and corporations over politics and government. She is considered a leading candidate to challenge Trump for the White House in 2020. 

Much of the business community rallied against Trump when it came to his decision to leave the Paris climate deal. Tech companies such as Apple, Facebook and Amazon also criticized the move. So did Goldman Sachs leader Lloyd Blankfein. Even energy companies such as Exxon and Shell pushed for the United States to remain in the deal. 

In leaving the agreement, Trump said he was setting aside an unfair deal that hurt U.S. workers. He pledged to try to negotiate a new deal, though that was quickly rejected by other countries. 

The nonbinding 2015 deal consisted of individual greenhouse gas limits that each signatory nation determined for itself.

The U.S. under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaSanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa Republicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate MORE had pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025.