Trump Turns Climate Agreement Announcement into a Circus

Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, Climate Change, Paris
Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / WhoWhatWhy (CC BY-SA 2.0) See complete attribution below.

President Donald Trump has a well-documented pathological need for attention. Therefore it is no surprise that he couldn’t resist the temptation of turning his announcement on the Paris Climate Agreement into a spectacle.

He had been playing coy for weeks on whether he would withdraw the US from the global climate treaty, and every day there seemed to be stories from inside the White House that Trump was leaning one way or another. Then he had some of the world’s most powerful leaders implore him to not quit the landmark agreement.

It was a narcissist’s dream.

To ensure that maximum attention would be paid to him, Trump tweeted several times when he would announce his decision. On the day of the event, he even had a band play in the Rose Garden ahead of the announcement and then had an adoring crowd applaud the decision.

But the presidency is not a reality TV show or a Wrestlemania pay-per-view event.

There is generally nothing wrong with displaying some of the trappings that come with being commander-in-chief. But there is a time and place for everything.

When hosting another head of state, this kind of pomp is fine. That’s the right occasion for a band.

When making an announcement on a matter of life or death for millions of people, it’s not just inappropriate. It’s gross.

Let’s forget about the foolishness of the decision itself. On the campaign trail, Trump had promised isolationism and, by abdicating US leadership on a crucial issue, he simply delivered on that promise.

But how he went about it will needlessly create more anti-American sentiment across the world, where water levels and other climate-related catastrophes are on the rise.

And all because Donald Trump craves attention.

The cartoon above was created by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy from these images: Donald Trump caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0), wrestler (Jjron / Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 2.0), Scott Pruitt (Gage Skidmore / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0), cheerleader (Paul Barker Hemings / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0), White House (The White House / YouTube), earth (CoxinhaFotos / Pixabay) and pennant (Joe McMillan / Wikimedia).

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5 responses to “Trump Turns Climate Agreement Announcement into a Circus”

  1. PJB says:

    The deaths of millions of people…..in computer model simulations only….by models that can’t predict past temperatures let alone those in decades from now! Research your claims and specify the parameters used to define your statement. Hyperbole and indignation are not journalism, they are signs of activism. Trump has saved the US billions that can now go to your banks…..again? Follow the money and when it goes to bureaucrats and despots, stop the insanity.

    • russbaker says:

      Stop polluting our site for the fossil fuel companies — you’re disgusting. (Moderation — please block these people, we know what they are….soulless and anonymously craven)

  2. Paul Ellison says:

    You used to call it global warming now it’s climate change? You may want to call it Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

    Regardless, CO2 is a necessary component for green things. They thrive on it. Greenhouse effect is caused by water vapor.

    The more the state/federal approved and taxpayer funded toxic cloudsaffect the atmosphere, the more greenhouse we get.

  3. James H says:

    Interesting piece.

  4. 0040 says:

    On the contrary “Wrestle-mania” models itself on America’s so called political process, which has always been fixed by the participants. Billary wins the election but Trump gets appointed POTUS?

  5. Olle Reimers says:

    Trump is on wis way to drain the swamp. One of the pieces that needs to be removed is the “climate threat”. In order to be successful it is the right way to make some of these issues into a circus. Only because to demonstrate how utterly ridiculus many of the “rules” are. I support him fully!

  6. 0040 says:

    Turning a taxpayer funded smooze/cocktail party/Paris weekend into a circus is no mean trick . Well done Donald.