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Trump rails against Paris climate accord in virtual G20 event

November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord and touted American oil and natural gas production during a virtual session focused on safeguarding the environment on the final day of the Group of 20 summit.

(CNN)President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord and touted American oil and natural gas production during a virtual session focused on safeguarding the environment on the final day of the Group of 20 summit.

Trump was making what is likely to be his final appearance at an international summit after losing the US presidential election to Joe Biden.

Trump's speech on the environment, which was pre-taped from the White House, provided an apt end to his four years of disagreements on the issue with fellow world leaders.

In it, Trump called the 2015 Paris agreement "one-sided" and claimed it was designed to inflict ruin on the US economy.

Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement in the first year of his presidency, resisting some internal pushback among his advisers who worried it would cause tensions with European and Asian allies.

On Saturday, Trump beamed into the opening session of the virtual summit from the White House Situation Room starting at 8 a. m. ET, though he began tweeting about his unfounded claims of election fraud 13 minutes later.

Later Saturday, Trump was at his golf course when a side-session on global pandemic preparedness was convened that featured speeches from French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others.

Trump's comments were far afield from other leaders' messages during the session, which focused on multilateral efforts to reduce carbon emissions in a bid to slow climate change.

But Trump also heralded his efforts to expand American fossil fuels, despite their role in fueling climate change.

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