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eastern. next week, former fbi director james comey will be on capitol hill testifying about being fired by president trump and the russian influence in laster's election. he will testify before the senate intelligence committee thursday at 10:00 a.m. eastern. you can see that live on c-span3, on www.c-span.org and the free c-span radio app. the epa administrator has a briefing this afternoon about the presence decision to withdraw from the paris accord. it is the president's announcement yesterday in the rose garden. >> ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states. [applause] >> good afternoon.
secretary minutes in, secretary ross, epa administrator scott pruitt, members of congress, the singer's guests -- on behalf of the first family, welcome to the white house. [applause] it's the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to a president who is fighting every day to make america great again. of thise first day administration, president donald trump has been working tirelessly to keep the promises he made to the american people. president trump has been reforming health care, enforcing our laws, ending illegal immigration, rebuilding our military, and is present has been rolling back excessive regulations and unfair trade practices that were stifling american jobs. thanks to president trump leadership, american businesses are growing again. investing in america again and they are creating jobs in this
country instead of shipping jobs overseas. president donald trump, america is back. [applause] just last week, we all witnessed the bold leadership of an american president on the world stage, putting america first. in the middle east to europe as leader of the free world, president trump reaffirmed historic alliances, forge new relationships, and called on the wider world to confront the threat of terrorism in new and renewed ways. the president will announce today the american people and the wider world will see once again our president is choosing to put american jobs and american consumers first. our president is choosing to put american energy and american industry first. i his action today, president donald trump is choosing to put the forgotten men and women of america first.
with gratitude for his leadership -- [applause] and admiration for his unwavering commitment to the american people, it is now my distinctr and privilege to introduce to all of you, the president of the united states of america am a president donald trump. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you. begin byike to addressing the terrorist attack -- in manila. we are closely monitoring the situation. to give updates
of anything happens during this time. it is really very sad to see what's going on throughout the world. with terror. our thoughts and our prayers are with all of those affected. before we discuss the paris accord, i would like to begin with and up date on our tremendous, absolutely tremendous economic progress in selection day on november 8. the economy is turning to come back. and very rapidly. we have added $3.3 trillion in stock market value to our economy and more than a million private sector jobs. i have just referring -- returned from a trip overseas were we concluded nearly $350 billion of military and economic development for the united states, creating hundreds of
thousands of jobs. it was a very, very successful trip. believe me. [applause] thank you. thank you. at the g-seven, we have taken historic steps to demand fair and reciprocal trade that gives americans a level playing field against other nations. we are also working very hard for peas in the middle east and perhaps even peace between the israelis and palestinians. our attacks on terrorism are greatly stepped up and you see that. you see it all over. from the previous administration including getting many other countries to make major contributions to the fight against terror. big, big contributions are being made by countries that were not doing so much in the form of contributions.
one by one, we are keeping the promises i made to the american people during my campaign for president. whether it's cutting job killing regulations, appointing and confirming a tremendous supreme court justice, putting in place tough new ethics rules, achieving a record reduction in illegal immigration on our southern border, or bringing jobs, plants, and factories back to the united states at numbers which no one until at this point thought even possible and believe me, we have just begun. the fruits of our labor will be seen very shortly even more so. on these issues and so many more, we are following through on our commitments and i don't want anything to get in our way. i am fighting every day for the great people of this country.
therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect america and its citizens, the united states will withdraw [applause] from the paris [applause] climate accord thank you. thank you. but begin negotiations to reenter either the paris accord or in an entirely new transaction on terms that are and to the united states businesses, it's workers, it's people, it's taxpayers. so we are getting out but we
will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair. if we can, that's great. if we can't, that's fine. [applause] president, i can put no other consideration before the well-being of american citizens. the paris climate accord is simply the latest example of washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the united states. to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving american workers who i love and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic reduction. bass, as of today, the united states will cease all implementation of the nonbinding paris accord and the taccone and
financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country. ending thees implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the green climate fund which is costing the united states a vast fortune. compliance with the terms of the ownersccord and the energy restrictions that it has been placed him united states could cost america as much as 2025illion lost jobs by according to the national economic research associates. this includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs, not what we need.
believe me, this is not what we need. jobs and automobile the further decimation of vital american industries on which countless communities relied. much and wer so would be giving them so little. to the same study, by 2040, compliance with the commitments put into place by the previous administration would cut production for the following sectors -- 12%, cement, down down 38%.and steel, and i happen to love the coal miners, down 86%.
natural gas, down 31%. the cost of the economy at this time would be close to $3 and $6.5in lost gdp whilen in industrial jobs households would have $7,000 less income and in many cases, much worse than that. deal subject this our citizens to harsh economic liveictions, it fails to up to our environmental ideas. as someone who cares deeply about the environment which i do, i cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the united states which is what it does. leader ins , whilemental protection
employees -- while imposing a mean of debt no meaningful obligations on the world's leading polluters. for example, under the agreement, china will be able to by aase these emissions staggering number of years, 13. they can do whatever they want for 13 years, not us. india makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries. there are many other examples but the bottom-line is that the atis accord is very unfair the highest level to the united states. further, while the current agreement effectively blocks the development of clean: america,
which it does, -- clean: america, which it does, and the mines are opening up, -- clean , which it does, a big opening of a brand-new mine has been unheard of. they asked me if i would go, i will try. china will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. we cannot build the plants but they can. according to this agreement. india will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020, think of it. india can double their coal production and we are to get rid of hours. even europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants. in short, the agreement does not eliminate coal jobs, just transfers those jobs out of america and the united states and ships them to foreign
countries. this agreement is less about the about othermore countries gaining a financial advantage over the united states. applaudedf the world when we signed the paris agreement. they went wild. they were so happy. that itsimple reason put our country, the united states of america which we all love, at a very, very big economic disadvantage. a cynic would say the obvious reason for economic competitors and their wish to see us remain in the agreement is so that we continue to suffer this self-inflicted major economic one. .- wound
we would find it hard to compete with other countries from other parts of the world. we have among the most abundant energy reserves on the planet, sufficient to lift millions of america's poorest workers out of poverty. yet under this agreement, we are effectively putting these ,eserves under lock and key taking away the great wealth of our nation, the great wealth, phenomenal wealth. not so long ago, we had no idea we had such well. millionsng millions of of families trapped in poverty and joblessness, the agreement is a massive redistribution of united states wealth to other countries. growth, renewable sources of energy can meet some of our
domestic demands. but at three or 4% growth which i expect, we need all forms of energyle [applause] for our country. for our country will be a grave risk of brownouts and blackouts. error businesses will come to a halt in many cases. and the american family will suffer the consequences in the form of lost jobs and a very diminished quality of life. the paris agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only of one degree, ,hink of that, this much celsius reduction.
by theal temperature year 2100. a tiny amount. fact, 14 days of carbon emissions from china alone would wipe out the gains from america. this is an incredible statistic -- it would totally wipe out the gains from america's expected 2030.ions in the year after we have had to spend billions and billions of dollars , lost jobs, closed factories, higher energyuch costs for our businesses and their homes. as the wall street journal wrote, this morning the reality is that withdrawing is in america's economic interest and
won't matter much to the climate. , under thestates trump administration, will continue to be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on earth. .t will be the cleanest we will have the cleanest air, the cleanest water, we will be environmentally friendly but we are not going to put our businesses out of work and we are not going to lose our jobs. we will grow. we will grow rapidly. [applause] i think you just read, it just came out minutes ago, the small business report, small businesses as it just now are booming. they are hiring people, one of the best reports they have seen in many years. i am willing to a measly work with democratic leaders to
either negotiate our way back into paris under the terms that are fair to the united states and its workers or to negotiate a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers. [applause] so if the obstructionists want to get together with me, let's make them non-obstructionists. we'll also down and get back into the deal and we will make it good and we will not be closing up our factories and we won't be losing our jobs and we will sit down with the democrats and all the people that represent either the paris accord or something we can do that's much better than the paris accord. of ourhink the people country will be thrilled. i think the people of the world will then be thrilled but until we do that, we are out of the agreement. i will work to ensure that
america remains the world leader on environmental issues. but under a framework that is where the burdens and responsibilities are equally shared among the many nations all around the world. leader has put the workers and the people of their country at this debilitating and tremendous disadvantage. the fact that the para still hamstrings the united states while empowering some of the world's top polluting countries should dispel any doubt as to the real reason why foreign lobbyists wish to keep our magnificent country tied up and bound down by this agreement.
and to give their country economic edge over the united states. that will not happen while i am president, i'm sorry. [applause] my job as president is to do everything within my power to give america a level playing field and to create the economic, regulatory, and tax structures that make america the most prosperous and productive country on earth. and with the highest standard of living and the highest standard of environmental protection. our tax bill is moving along in congress, and i believe it's doing very well. i think a lot of people will be very pleasantly surprised. the republicans are working very, very hard.
we'd love to have support from the democrats, but we may have to go it alone. but it's going very well. the paris agreement handicaps the united states economy in order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country's expense. they don't put america first. i do. and i always will. the same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost america trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and in many cases lax contributions to our critical military alliance.
you see what's happening? pretty obvious to those that want to keep an open mind. at what point does america get demeaned? at what point do they start laughing at us as a country? we want fair treatment for its citizens and we want fair treatment for our taxpayers. we don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won't be. they won't be. 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.
many trade deals will soon be under renegotiation. very rarely do we have a deal that works for this country, but they'll soon be under renegotiation. the process has begun from day one, but now we're down to business. beyond the severe energy restrictions inflicted by the paris accord, it includes yet another scheme to redistribute wealth out of the united states through the so-called green climate fund -- nice name -- which calls for developed countries to send $100 billion to developing countries all on top of america's existing and massive foreign aid payment. we're going to be paying billions and billions and billions of dollars and we're already way ahead of anybody
else. many of the other countries haven't spent anything. and many of them will never pay one dime. the green fund would likely obligate the united states to commit potentially tens of billions of dollars of which the united states has already handed over $1 billion. nobody else is even close. most haven't even paid anything. including funds raided out of america's budget for the war against terrorism. that's where they came. believe me, they didn't come from me. they came just before i came into office. not good. and not good the way they took the money. in 2015 the united nations
' departing top climate officials reportedly described the $100 billion per year as peanuts and stated that the $100 billion is the tail that wation -- the tail that wags the dog. in 2015 the green climate fund's executive director reportedly stated that estimated funding needed would increase to $450 and billion per year after 2020, and nobody even knows where the money is going to. nobody has been able to say, where is it going to? of course, the world's top polluters have no affirmative obligations under the green fund, which we terminated. america is $20 trillion in debt,
cash-strapped cities cannot hire enough police officers or fix vital infrastructure, millions of our citizens are out of work, and yet under the paris accord billions of dollars that ought to be invested right here in america will be sent to the very countries that have taken our factories and our jobs away from us. so think of that. there are serious legal and constitutional issues as well. foreign leaders in europe, asia, and across the world should not have more to say with respect to the u.s. economy than our own citizens and their elected representatives. thus, our withdrawal from the
agreement represents a reassertion of america's sovereignty. our constitution is unique among all nations of the world. and it is my highest obligation and greatest honor to protect it. and i will. staying in the agreement could also pose serious obstacles for the united states as we begin the process of unlocking the restrictions on america's abundant energy reserves, which we have started very strongly. it would have once have been unthinkable that an international agreement could prevent the united states from conducting its own domestic economic affairs, but this is
the new reality we face if we do not leave the agreement or if we do not negotiate a far better deal. the risks grow as historically these agreements only tend to become more and more ambitious over time. in other words, the paris framework is just a starting point, as bad as it is, not an end point. and exiting the agreement protects the united states from end point. future intrusions on the united states' sovereignty. and massive future legal liability. believe me, we have massive legal liability if we stay in. as president, i have one obligation, and that obligation is to the american people.
the paris accord would undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty, impose unacceptable legal risk, and put us at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world. it is time to exit the paris accord. and time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, our companies, our citizens, and our country. it is time to put youngstown, ohio, detroit, michigan, and pittsburgh, pennsylvania, along with many, many other locations within our great country, before paris, france.
it is time to make america great again. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. very important. i'd like to ask scott pruitt whom most of you know and respect as i do just to say a few words. scott, please? administrator pruitt: thank you, mr. president. your decision today to exit the paris accord reflects your unflinching commitment to put america first.
and by exiting, you're fulfilling yet one more campaign promise to the american people. please know that i'm thankful for your fortitude, your courage, and your steadfastness as you serve and lead our country. america finally has a leader who answers only to the people, not to the special interests who had their way for way too long. and everything you do, mr. president, you're fighting for the forgotten men and women across this country. you're a champion for the hard- working citizens all across this land who just want a government that listens to them and represents their interests. you have promised to put america first in all that you do, and you've done that in any number of ways, from trade to national security to protecting our border to right-sizing washington, d.c. and today you put america first with regard to international agreements and the environment. this is an historic restoration of american economic independence. one that will benefit the working class, the working poor, the working people of all stripes, with this action you have declared the people are rulers of this country once
again. it should be noted that we as a nation do it better anyone in the world in striking the balance between growing the economy, growing jobs, while also being a good steward of our environment. we owe no apology to other nations for our environmental stewardship. after all, before the paris accord was ever signed, america had reduced its co2 footprint to levels of the early 1990's. in fact, between the years 2000 and 2014 the united states reduced its carbon emissions by 18-plus percent. this was accomplished not through government mandates but through innovation and technology of the american private sector. for that reason, mr. president, you have corrected a view that was paramount in paris that somehow the united states should penalize its own economy, be apologetic, lead with our chin while the rest of the world does little. other nations talk a good game. we lead with action, not words.
our efforts, mr. president, as you know, should be supporting -- exporting our technology, our innovation to reduce their co2 footprint to learn from us. that should be our focus versus agreeing to things that harm our economy and the american people. mr. president, it takes courage. it takes commitment to say no to the plaudits of men while doing what is right by the american people. you have that courage, and the american people can take comfort because you have their backs. thank you, mr. president. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
>> we will hear more about the decision and more from scott pruitt this afternoon at 1:30 on c-span. now some of the international reaction to president trump's announcement yesterday. first, coverage from the china global television network, and later the canadian climate change administrator. >> you just heard donald trump make the announcement that the united states will leave the paris climate accord. we have a