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Trump Pulls Out, Leaving World in Sticky Situation

Despite fervent opposition from his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Donald Trump announced his intention to pull out at a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden earlier today.  Trump also pledged to stop providing stimulus to the other 194 participants that came together at Paris two years ago. Trump’s decision represents the climax of months of friction within Trump’s administration, and is a big victory for chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who had been putting increasing pressure on Trump to pull out. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and other prominent Republicans also cheered Trump’s decision to pull out.   

 

However, the international community was less enthusiastic about Trump’s pull out. In his meeting with Trump in May, Pope Francis urged Trump to stay in a little longer, pointing out that things were really starting to heat up. Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, and Emmanuel Macron all were quick to promise not to pull out themselves, emphasizing the need for give-and-take from leaders around the world.

 

According to the terms of the agreement, it will likely take until at least 2020 for Trump to pull out entirely. However, Trump’s decision signals a major blow to a growing international consensus that humans need to limit their emissions. Following Trump’s announcement, the vast majority of scientists sighed and said, “Yeah, we’re fucked.”

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