McAuliffe: Trump Withdrawing from Paris Accord ‘One of the Dumbest Decisions I’ve Ever Heard’

June 01, 2017

HERNDON, Va. – Calling President Trump a “one-man wrecking crew” to Virginia’s economy, Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Trump’s FY2018 budget proposal is “mean-spirited” and “immoral” and called the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement “one of the dumbest decisions” he’s ever heard.

“One of the dumbest decisions I’ve ever heard. You’ve got to remember every country in the world is in this agreement except for Nicaragua and Syria. So Donald Trump has now put our country with Syria and Nicaragua against the entire world. First of all, climate change is real. It is happening,” McAuliffe said.

“You go with me down to Norfolk, Virginia, on a day it’s raining and see many roads closed down. It affects the largest naval base in the world right there in Hampton Roads. This is a real issue. We’ve got to deal with it. It’s about our health. It’s about our environment. It’s about our children and it’s also about job creation – clean-energy jobs are the future jobs and Donald Trump is trying to walk away from all of that and isolate America one more time,” he added.

When asked what he thinks is the motive behind Trump’s decision, McAuliffe responded, “I think the motive is he’s trying to protect the oil barons in this country. So, the oil barons, Syria, Nicaragua and Donald Trump – that’s quite a collection.”

McAuliffe also revealed that he’s not considering a presidential run of his own in 2020. Speculation about a potential McAuliffe run was heightened this week after the Virginia governor launched an anti-Trump “victory fund.”

“I am not. I am focused on being the greatest governor I can be. I’ve done about $16 billion in economic activity, I’m trying to get to $20 [billion], shatter every all-time record in Virginia history and that’s what my focus is, and we’ll see what happens after that. But right now, I’m honestly focused day to day, like right here today, on signing these bills to help the elderly in Virginia,” he said. “I mean, that’s important.”

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