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Mike Pence Joins Fellow Republicans In Applauding Trump's Exit From Paris Agreement

President Trump made the right decision in withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement because the accord poses a threat to the country’s economic interests, Vice President Mike Pence said Friday.

According to Newsmax, Pence told Fox News that Trump proved he is “an American president putting America first.” He explained: “President Donald Trump on the campaign trail called into account an agreement that really put an extraordinary burden on the American economy while allowing some countries around the world like China and India to literally go a decade or more without any accountability for reducing CO2 emissions.”

Pence claimed the pact “required billions of dollars of investment by American taxpayers,” adding: “In a very real sense, it was transfers of wealth from the most powerful economy in the world to other countries around the planet.” Each of the 195 nations that signed the agreement in 2015 pledged to set their own non-binding, voluntary goals for reducing the carbon-dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change.

Pence slammed the “liberal left” that supports the accord. “You saw it back in the days of the Kyoto Protocol,” he recalled. “President Bush actually submitted that to the Senate. It was rejected 95-0. We heard some of the same apocalyptic predictions when Kyoto was rejected.” The Kyoto deal, which featured former President Obama’s controversial cap-and-trade policy, “put a real burden on our economy and our people,” according to the vice president. “It was a bad deal for America,” he said. Pence argued that the United States “demonstrated real leadership” on its own between 2000 and 2014 by cutting carbon emissions 18 percent.

Pence also praised Trump’s “bold and decisive action” to combat terrorism. “The ability to come into the United States of America is a privilege, not a right,” the vice president declared, referring to presidential executive orders that would have temporarily banned immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries. Federal judges have blocked the orders, forcing the administration to file an appeal at the Supreme Court.

“In the initial executive order, we identified seven countries that did not have the safeguards, that we could be confident people applying to come here who they said they were,” Pence said. “We amended that. We worked closely with our ally in Iraq to put systems in place that we would be confident people applying to come here would not represent a threat to our people, but we’re going to continue to drive this pause forward, advance what the president calls policies of extreme vetting. … We remain very confident (the Supreme Court will) recognize the right of the president in the Constitution and in the statutes of this country to control immigration in a way that puts the security of our country first.”

The vice president remarked that “even Democrats” are tired of hearing about the Trump-Russia scandal. “They want to talk health care, see health care reform repeal and replace,” he said. “They want to see tax reform.” Pence claimed that Trump “literally gets up every day and turns his face like flint against the wind and says, ‘What are we going to do today to make America safe again; to make America prosperous again; to make America great again?’”

Source: Newsmax
Photo: YouTube

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