Thursday, June 1, 2017

N.Y. Times -- World Awaits Trump Decision on U.S. Future in Paris Accord

"On his recent trip to Europe, Mr. Trump waved aside a barrage of private lobbying by other heads of state to keep the United States in the agreement.

"A frustrated Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said he opposed “behaving as vassals of the Americans” and assailed Mr. Trump for failing to even understand the mechanics of a withdrawal, which he said could take three or four years to fulfill.

“ 'This notion — ‘I am Trump. I am American. America first, so I’m going to get out of it.’ — that is not going to happen,' Mr. Juncker said. 'We tried to make that clear to Mr. Trump in clear, German principal clauses in Taormina, but it would appear that he did not understand.' ”

Yes, Robert Reich, no question about it. Trump acts as if he is a King ruling his Kingdom, the United States of America.

"The United States is supposed to be a nation of laws, not of men (or women) making arbitrary decisions. Yet Trump loves to feel he’s king. So he arranges these sorts of dictatorial spectacles – uncertainty about what he’ll decide, the “world waiting for him to make up his mind,” dramatic statements from him about when he’ll announce, reporters searching for every hint of what he’ll do – to emphasize his sole power.

"He doesn’t give a damn about policy. He doesn’t know a thing about the Paris accords or the environment. He’s nothing but an insatiable ego, needing continuous submissiveness and attention."

President Trump addressed American troops in Taormina, Sicily,
on Saturday before returning to

Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

World Awaits Trump Decision on U.S. Future in Paris Accord

By Michael D. Shear And Coral Davenport