On Thursday, President Trump officially announced that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, agreement made with the purpose to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.”
When Trump delivered a speech regarding the decision in the Rose Garden this afternoon, he seemed to be very pleased with himself for fulfilling yet another one of his many troubling campaign promises –though the president may change his tune when he sees the cover of the Friday edition of the New York Daily News.
On Thursday evening, the Daily News shared a picture of Friday’s front page on Twitter. The cover will feature a photo of President Trump that is partially covered by the following message:
‘Trump to World: Drop Dead
Pulls America out of historic climate pact
Decides to hell with science, Earth’s future.’
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 1, 2017
Clearly, the Daily News is not pleased with the president’s latest decision.
While Trump is not going to be happy when he sees the Daily News‘s response, this upcoming cover is certainly not the harshest criticism he has received thus far.
As a result of leaving the Paris Agreement, the president has already lost the support of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who until today was serving on Trump’s advisory council. Musk made his announcement via Twitter, saying that leaving the Paris agreement was not good for the U.S. or the world.
‘Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.’
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt also condemned Trump’s choice and echoed Musk’s statement about the reality of climate change.
‘Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.’
Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.
— Jeff Immelt (@JeffImmelt) June 1, 2017
President Trump has openly denied the existence of climate change on multiple occasions, even going so far as to call it a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese. He carried those opinions over into the White House as well, as was made clear by his cringe-worthy Earth Day tweet about not letting environmental protection impede economic growth.
I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017
With all this in mind, it’s not surprising that Trump did what he did today. However, his choice remains troubling nonetheless — and he will not be remembered fondly for it.
Featured image via Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images.