Washington: US President Donald Trump has said India, Russia and China are contributing “nothing” to the “one-sided” Paris climate deal and promised to make a "big decision" on the agreement. He said the US was being unfairly targeted by asking to pay money.
"I will be making a big decision on the Paris accord over the next two weeks and we will see what happens," he said in a speech to mark the first 100 days of his presidency in Pennsylvania, a state that helped tip the election in his favour.
The Paris climate deal within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was signed in 2015 by 194 countries and ratified by 143. It aims to hold the increase in average global temperature to below 2 degrees above pre-industrial level by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
ALSO READ | 'Indian-American Muslim Kid' Hasan Minhaj Defies Orders to Roast Trump
PTI reported that Trump claimed that it is estimated that for compliance with the agreement could ultimately shrink America's GDP by $2.5 trillion over a 10-year period.
"That means factories and plants closing all over our country," he said and alleged that the Washington’s “dishonest” media would not report because it is part of the problem. "Their priorities are not my priorities, and they are not your priorities, believe me," he said.
ALSO READ | '100 days of Trump Admin Show Positive Trend for Indo-US Ties'
"They are all part of a broken system that has profited from this global theft and plunder of American wealth at the expense of the American worker. We are not going to let other countries take advantage of us anymore because, from now on, it is going to be America first," Trump said.
(With PTI inputs)