United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday blamed India, China and Russia for pollution while claiming that his own country was among the “cleanest climates”.
Pushed by Prince Charles on the issue of climate change, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday replayed his theme of blaming India, China and Russia for allegedly not doing enough.
“China, India, Russia, many other nations, they have not very good air, not very good water, and the sense of pollution and cleanliness,” Trump told ITV’s Good Morning Britain show. “If you go to certain cities – I’m not going to name cities but I can – you can’t even breathe, and now that air is going up…they are not taking care of their responsibility.”
Trump made the remarks on the last day of his visit to the United Kingdom. He joined Queen Elizabeth II, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others in Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings before leaving for Ireland.
Trump said that he had a 90-minute meeting with Prince Charles during which the prince “did most of the talking”. Trump said that Prince Charles and he spoke about climate change.
“He [Prince Charles] is really into climate change and I think that’s great,” Trump told Good Morning Britain. “What he really wants and what he really feels warmly about is the future. He wants to make sure future generations have a climate that is good climate, as opposed to a disaster, and I agree.”
Countries with the cleanest air
Trump said he told Prince Charles that the US has “among the cleanest climates there based on all statistics”. “And it’s even getting better because I agree with that we want the best water, the cleanest water,” he said. “It’s crystal clear, has to be crystal clean clear.”
However, a widely-cited report released by the Rhodium Group in January didn’t seem to say so. It was found that the US carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 per cent in 2018. The increase was the biggest in eight years.
Trump has long questioned whether climate change is real and has repeatedly denied it exists. In June 2017, he pulled the US out of the historic Paris climate change deal. Furthermore, he also disbanded his 15-member federal advisory panel on climate change. Because of its exit from the climate pact, the US will probably not achieve its target of reducing carbon emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025.