Minutes before President Donald Trump announced he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Sen. Rand Paul said the accord "is a disaster for American jobs."
Paul appeared on Fox News' "America's News HQ" and told host Jenna Lee he was hopeful that reports of Trump pulling the U.S. out of the agreement were true.
"One of the things that I think President Trump has been really good on is being concerned about American jobs and not signing international agreements that would put us at an economic disadvantage. I think this Paris accord that [former] President [Barack] Obama signed is a disaster for American jobs." Paul said.
"There have been estimates from independent third parties that say we could lose over 6 million jobs. It's just not fair. Why would we sign an agreement that puts us at an economic disadvantage? The agreement says we need to reduce our carbon output by 20 percent, but China doesn't have to do anything for the next 20 years. How in the world could that possibly be fair?"
Paul added that having lawmakers decide on whether the U.S. should enter the agreement would have been a good thing "from a Constitutional point of view," but he felt that the Paris agreement — signed by Obama last April — was a bad deal for America.
"This accord, this agreement that President Obama signed, is bad for our country and bad for American jobs," Paul said.
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