Dan Rather: History will punish Trump for leaving Paris climate deal

Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement resulted from Trump “lashing out in anger” after his recent foreign trip.

“It seems clear that he’s mad. He has some rage; he’s scared,” Rather said on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”

“He just came back from his European trip and he was angry with the leader of Germany … and the new leader of France.”

“So what you have here is a president who is lashing out in anger,” Rather continued, warning that Americans “haven’t had a president this psychologically troubled since Richard Nixon.”

“History will punish Donald Trump for this decision,” Rather said. 

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Trump’s decision to pull the United States from the Paris agreement was met with both domestic and foreign criticism. 

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th A path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Emergency infrastructure needed to keep Americans safe: Public media MORE, who negotiated the deal, called Trump’s decision an abdication of leadership and said Trump was “rejecting the future.” 

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy quickly responded to Trump’s decision, saying the deal was “irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated.”

Rather has emerged as a frequent critic of Trump’s presidency, criticizing his response to the recent murders aboard a Portland, Ore., train and accusing Trump of having a “willful disregard for the rule of law” after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.