Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio undermined Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, claiming that some U.S. cities will still honor the agreement despite what the president has decided and “we will do it ourselves.”
While giving a speech at the “Hamburg Zeigt Haltun,” de Blasio’s spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted out part of his speech when the mayor told G20 rally attendees, “American cities are signed on to the Paris Accords. We will do it ourselves.”
On climate change…”American cities are signed on to the Paris Accords. We will do it ourselves.” https://t.co/IlLarUEhjK
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) July 8, 2017
Last month, de Blasio signed an executive order that reaffirmed New York City’s commitment to the climate agreement. He also issued a statement saying that he was “shocked” by Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the agreement in order to protect jobs and accused the president of setting the “nation, and the whole globe, on the path of denial.”
“The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers — who I love — and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production,” he said in June.
According to the group Climate Mayors, de Blasio remains one of 347 U.S. mayors to reaffirm the global climate agreement.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has been heavily scrutinized in the press in recent days for making a mad dash to Hamburg to take part in a protest event against the G20 – whose summit was attended by President Trump and several other world leaders.
De Blasio’s spokesman, Phillips, posted on Twitter: ‘The Mayor will depart this evening for Berlin & Hamburg, Germany. He will attend several events surrounding the G20. +details to follow.”
Critics claim that de Blasio flying to Hamberg’s protest event while the Trump attended the summit made the mayor appear sympathetic to the rioters, who violently clashed with police officers and caused mass upheaval and destruction.
H/T: The Hill
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