Pittsburgh mayor trolls Trump after Paris speech

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During his speech announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump assured American citizens that he has their interests in mind, not the interests of citizens of other nations, referencing Youngstown, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as cities he is looking out for by withdrawing from the agreement.

In one quotable moment, the president said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

The mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, a Democrat, seemed to be offended that Trump would use Pittsburgh as an example of a city whose populace he cares about. After Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted the quote to his followers, Peduta took to Twitter as well, vowing to continue to follow the deal.

Prior to that tweet, Peduto informed followers that “cities” would have to lead the way regarding the environment. He tweeted: “The United States joins Syria, Nicaragua & Russia in deciding not to participate with world’s Paris Agreement. It’s now up to cities to lead.”

He followed that up with a clarification that Pittsburgh had overwhelmingly voted for President Trump’s opponent in the 2016 race, failed candidate Hillary Clinton, tweeting, “Fact: Hillary Clinton received 80% of the vote in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement.”

Others who found time to denounce Trump’s decision to withdraw include former President Barack Obama, who released a statement about the plan, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. They said the conference “strongly opposes Trump’s withdrawal,” and will continue to implement greenhouse gas emissions reduction plans.

According to a statement released by the chairman of conference’s environment committee, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, they write:

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a strong proponent of the need to address climate change and we support the Paris agreement, which positions the world’s nations, including the United States, to be energy independent, self-reliant and resilient.

“A thriving economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are compatible by focusing on new technology, investing in renewable fuel sources, and increasing our energy efficiency.”

When the Paris climate agreement was reached in December 2015, 464 mayors from 115 countries gathered in Paris to commit to addressing climate change.

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