John Oliver Rips 'F*cking Egomaniac' Trump's Total Misunderstanding of Paris Agreement
President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement should come as no surprise. After all, Trump "has called [climate change] 'expensive bullsh*t' and a hoax created by China," recalled "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver on Sunday.
Still, Oliver remains stumped as to why Trump the businessman thought the agreement signed by nearly 200 countries—and endorsed by hundreds of top companies—was a bad deal.
"The Paris Agreement's central aim was to try and keep our global temperature below [a] 2 degree threshold, and to do that each signatory would set their own goals with a plan to reconvene every five years to ideally set more ambitious targets," Oliver explained.
"It was not perfect," he added. "Some critics at the time felt that it did not go far enough, but the key achievement was, for the very first time, getting virtually the entire world, including China and India, to commit to taking action."
Trump's "ludicrous misunderstanding" of the pact extended even to his views on the global celebration during the accord's signing.
"The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris Agreement," Trump announced from the Rose Garden on Thursday. "They were so happy for the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we all love, at a very, very big economic disadvantage."
“What are you talking about?” Oliver asked, baffled, after playing the clip. “They were happy because they secured a landmark victory for the future of the planet, you f**king egomaniac.”