US President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at countries like China, Russia and India for adding to global air pollution and maintained that his country has the best environmental numbers.
Trump said the US has achieved energy independence under his administration and has taken measures to protect the environment, reported news agency PTI. The US president’s comment came during an election rally in North Carolina on Thursday.
“We have the best environmental numbers, ozone numbers, and so many other numbers. In the meantime, China, Russia, India all these countries they’re spewing stuff into the air,” Trump was quoted as saying by the news agency.
In June 2017, Donald Trump had announced his decision to withdraw support from the Paris climate agreement, sating that the accord would have cost the US trillions of dollars, killed jobs and hindered the oil, gas, coal and manufacturing industries.
Trump’s charge against India, China
The US president had also argued that countries like China and India are benefiting most from the Paris climate agreement and that it was unfair to the US. Two years have passed, but Trump’s view on the subject remains the same. During Thursday’s rally, Trump again blamed China, India and Russia for contributing to global pollution.
“I keep telling my people you know, I love clean air but Russia and China, you look at a map you have all these spots and India and many others are spewing it in. What do you suggest?” Trump asked.
Ironically, Trump also mocked those who call for replacing plastic with paper.
“Well, we don’t think you should sell straws anymore. Oh great ok. You ever hear that, the straw, right? I say ok the straw is good, what about the plastic plate? What about the carton? What about the glass that’s out of plastic? Well we’ll get to that later. These people are crazy,” he said.