Ahead of the US Presidential election on November 3rd, President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden touched on various issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, healthcare, climate change and others. But during the 90-minute debate, US President Donald Trump raked up the issue of air quality in India and called it 'filthy'.
He compared India with Russia and China in the context of carbon emission countries. It is not the first time the President compared the countries as even earlier, in the context of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), he admitted that WTO has treated the U.S. unfairly compared to other countries.
Well, in the debate Mr. Trump responded to a question on how he would combat climate change and support job growth and he said, "And we have the best carbon
emission numbers that we've had in 35 years under this administration, we are working so well with industry, but here's what we can't do: look at China, how filthy it is, look at Russia, look at India, it's filthy, the air is filthy."
Responding to Donald's comment, Biden said, "climate change was a threat to humanity and we have a "moral obligation to deal with it." Check out the President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden here:
Highlighting his decision of opting out from the Paris agreement, he said, "The Paris Accord... I took us out because we were going to have to spend trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly." Well, on June 1st, 2017, Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would cease all participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation, and begin negotiations to re-enter the agreement "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers," or form a new agreement.
Even many Twitterati reacted to President Donald Trump's filthy air statement as some users said Mr. Trump was speaking the truth and that the air in Indian
cities was indeed bad. On the other side, one user challenged Mr. Modi to respond to Trump's statement. Check out some tweets here:
Well, on June 1st, 2017 in a televised announcement from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said, "In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect the United States and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord," adding "The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States."
He claimed that the agreement, if implemented, would cost the United States $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million jobs. He added that it would "undermine our economy, hamstring our workers," and "effectively decapitate our coal industry".
He said he was open to renegotiating the arrangement or negotiating a new one, but European and UN leaders said the pact "cannot be renegotiated at the request of a single party".
Trump also criticized the Green Climate Fund, calling it a scheme to redistribute wealth from rich to poor countries.