White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt were put on the defense at Friday’s press briefing over President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. However, the two representatives of the current administration solely expressed further support and clarification on the President’s decision.
Secretary Pruitt expressed his appreciation towards President Trump’s fortitude and leadership in the matter, and stated that his decision was “very courageous.” He indicated that U.S. withdrawal did not mean disengagement on the world platform.
Additionally, he emphasized that the United States had already made significant progress in reducing CO2 emissions long before the Paris Agreement and without government mandate, because of the country’s innovation and technology. He welcomed other nations to take a look at what the United States has been doing to make such improvements.
Most importantly, as President Trump emphasized repeatedly in his speech yesterday, Pruitt explained that the agreement was an economic disadvantage to the United States and its taxpayers and that there will be a push for re-negotiation of the agreement.
“[The United States] has nothing to be apologetic about,” Pruitt said.
Later on, Spicer responded to questions from the press by stating that, “the President’s number one priority is getting the best deal for the American people.”
“By negotiating a better deal, hopefully we can get better results,” he said. “For our country and the rest of the world.”
Regardless of the fact that the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 16 years, and the President will soon be signing into law two bills (Public Safety Officers’ Benefit Improvement Act of 2017 and the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017), as Spicer announced today, the conversation kept reverting back to the United States’ withdrawal of the climate agreement, and if President Trump personally believes in climate change.
The two representatives of the administration were asked on more than one occasion what the President’s position was on climate change. Pruitt responded by informing the press that the only discussions he had had with the President over the last few weeks was in regards to “whether Paris put [The United States] at a disadvantage.” As for Spicer, he continuously emphasized that he had not had that discussion with President Trump, so he was unable to provide a sufficient answer.
But the media pressed on.
If I was in Spicer’s position, to stop the MSM’s ad nauseam climate questioning, I would have thrown ’em in circles with the Yogi Berra quote, “I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question.”
MSNBC would still be trying to figure that one out.