Top Dem: Trump’s refusal to back climate deal a ‘striking abdication of American leadership’

Top Dem: Trump’s refusal to back climate deal a ‘striking abdication of American leadership’
© Greg Nash

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Monday said President Trump's refusal to affirm the Paris climate agreement represents a "striking abdication of American leadership." 

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"The United States worked hard to bring other nations onboard in 2015 to pledge limits to the carbon pollution that is changing weather patterns and dirtying the air that our children breathe. Now, this President is willfully undermining America's global role, which puts Americans' safety and economic security at risk," Hoyer said in a statement. 

"I urge him to right the ship and take steps to reassure our allies that we stand by our NATO commitments without qualification and that we will continue to join them in the work of mitigating climate change," Hoyer said on Monday.

Trump last Saturday refused to participate with his Group of 7 (G7) counterparts in a pledge of support for the 195-nation Paris climate deal.

While on his first foreign trip as president last week, several European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to encourage Trump to stay in the agreement, The Associated Press reports

Merkel, speaking at a campaign event Saturday, said Germany can no longer rely on the U.S. under Trump.

"The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying," she told reporters.

"There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not."

Trump tweeted last week that he would make his final decision this week, but multiple reports indicate the president will pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement on climate change, a 2015 pact aimed at reducing carbon emissions signed by nearly 200 nations.