When President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, it broke with one of the primary tenets of his administration. And when he announced the news on Twitter, the swift response was swift and immediate.
On his own Twitter account, the president wrote: “I have just informed the leaders of France and Germany that the United States will be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. We will begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”
The French and German leaders, immediately responding, drew that contrast as one to Trump’s other base of support.
“Certain had hoped the U.S. would remain and compromise a strong agreement,” said President Emmanuel Macron of France, a meeting clip reminiscent of a son-in-law scolding his mother-in-law. “There are those of us who are convinced of its importance. And others, who found it was not correct that the U.S. would stay out.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, agreeing that a consensus had not formed, emphasized the importance of the agreement to its two leaders and the others in Europe. “First, we have a sense of how we stand in the world and the whole world and other countries and how they are sitting there. Secondly, we also have a sense of our position and our ambitions and obligations.”