|Trump Explaining Climate Change Decision|
While America waited, Trump was not consulting with scientists, weighing his decision. He was simply practicing his speech, written by someone in his trusted circle.
Trump does well on stump speeches, repeating timeworn phrases like "make America great again" and "lock her up," but struggles with extemporaneous speech from notes or manuscript.
This particular speech, his best since the inauguration, was not particularly well written. At the speech's most critical point, Trump hesitated and glanced at the manuscript to make certain he captured the phrase correctly: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris. I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America's interests."
|Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto|
Even I knew that. In 1970 I was in Pittsburgh for post-graduate studies. Each day back from class, I would notice actual black soot in my nostrils. It was a smoke stack industry city. But, in the decades since, Pittsburgh has reinvented itself and worked vigorously toward air quality.
Let's examine the other city mentioned in Trump's ill-advised statement; Paris. Paris was the host city for the meetings that resulted in the original agreement among the vast majority of countries to work together to protect air quality, but it's not a Paris vs. Pittsburgh contest. That's ludicrous and, actually, juvenile. “L'habit ne fait pas le moine.”
|London Mayor Sadiq Khan|
Trump took Mayor Khan's remarks out of context(Khan claims intentionally): “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack,” Trump wrote on his personal Twitter account, “and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!”
Of course, Mayor Khan didn't say citizens should not be alarmed at terrorist attacks, but at the increased police presence needed to maintain security.
Is Trump that dumb? Probably.