Sarkozy warns Trump against leaving climate pact

Sarkozy warns Trump against leaving climate pact
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is running for the office again, wants the European Union to enact a tax on United States exports if President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE pulls the country out of the Paris climate change pact.

Sarkozy is calling the proposal a border carbon tax, to account for the carbon dioxide emissions that could rise in the U.S. if it removes itself from the deal.


“Donald Trump has said — we’ll see if he keeps this promise — that he won’t respect the conclusions of the Paris climate agreement,” Sarkozy said late Sunday, according to Agence France-Presse.

“Well, I will demand that Europe put in place a carbon tax at its border, a tax of 1 to 3 percent, for all products coming from the United States, if the United States doesn’t apply environmental rules that we are imposing on our companies,” he added.

Trump made a campaign pledge to “cancel” the Paris agreement, in which President Obama made a nonbinding promise to reduce the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 28 percent.

He is reportedly looking into ways to quickly exit the pact shortly after taking office Jan. 20, including potentially pulling the country out of the United Nations’ entire climate change program.

Sarkozy was France’s president from 2007 to 2012 and is the leading contender for the center-right Republicans party’s nomination for next year’s presidential election.