Merkel slams Trump's Paris withdrawal

Merkel slams Trump's Paris withdrawal
Fri Jun 2, 2017 14:16:52

Angela Merkel has described Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement "extremely regrettable" and vowed to continue fighting climate change.

(independent) -- “The decision of the US President to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is extremely regrettable, and I'm expressing myself in a very reserved way when I say that,” the German Chancellor told the Bundestag.

“To everyone for whom the future of our planet is important, I say let's continue going down this path so we're successful for our Mother Earth.”

Ms Merkel emphasised Germany’s continued commitment to the historic accords, which she called a “cornerstone” of efforts to protect “creation”.

She said there was no turning back from the path that began with the 1997 Kyoto protocol and – until Thursday night – had the consent of almost every country in the world.

The Chancellor was applauded by politicians as she vowed that Mr Trump’s decision “can’t and won't stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet”.