Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday mocked President Trump’s claims that he will handle climate change — likening it to O.J. Simpson hunting for his ex-wife’s murderer.
“When Donald Trump says we’re going to negotiate a better deal — you know, he’s going to go out and find a better deal?” Kerry said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
“That’s like O.J. Simpson saying he’s going to go out and find the real killer…Everybody knows he isn’t going to do that because he doesn’t believe in it.”
Trump on Thursday announced his plans to pull the United States out of the Paris climate deal, making it one of the few counties in the world to not support the first international agreement to cut back on pollution.
Trump framed it as a mostly economic decision, claiming he planned to “negotiate” a climate deal that would not burden the United States with as many costs and regulations.
But hundreds of business leaders argued that the deal, written as is, would have been a boon to the American economy, and the leaders of France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement the Paris deal “cannot be renegotiated.”
Trump has publicly wavered about global warming, hinting that he believes in some climate change while never going back on his prior claims that it is a “hoax.” It is unclear if he and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt even discussed climate change before leaving the Paris deal.
Kerry said Trump’s exit says everything one needs to know about where the President stands.
“If he did believe in it, he wouldn’t have pulled out of Paris,” he said.
“America has unilaterally ceded global leadership on this issue.”
Trump abandoned the deal despite its support from some of his top advisors — including Kerry’s successor, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Tillerson is a former CEO of ExxonMobil, the energy company that snuffed climate change awareness for years but, even so, came out in support of the Paris accord.
Kerry wondered what made Trump think he knows better.
“I mean, what does Donald Trump know that Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, doesn’t know?” he asked.