President Trump’s Disgraceful Day At The United Nations

From spending only 14 minutes at the Climate Summit to his authoritarian rants about Joe Biden, President Trump continued to erode America's global respect.
Climate Activist Greta Thunberg standing behind President Trump at the United Nations General Assembly - September 23, 2019 (Source: The Guardian)

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg standing behind President Trump at the United Nations General Assembly – September 23, 2019 (Source: The Guardian)

Today, President Trump continued to cede America’s global leadership. Heading into the first day of this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), questions swirled around Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election by investigating Joe Biden and his son. Trump made some news when it comes to that, but first, let’s talk about the most important topic of day one of UNGA: the UN Climate Summit.

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Fresh off the global climate strike on Friday, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a fiery speech calling on leaders around the world to address climate change.

After her speech, there was a priceless moment caught of her staring down Trump.

President Trump showed up at the Climate Summit, but for only 14 minutes, according to the White House press pool.

14 minutes of attention is what the President of the United States spent on the biggest existential threat humanity faces. This matches his record. President Trump has called climate change a hoax, left the Paris Climate Accord, and rolled back countless environmental regulations.

As we’ve seen with the man-made fires in the Amazon rainforesthumans contribute to climate change in profound ways. We are rapidly approaching climate tipping points and unless significant action is taken, there will be irreparable damage done to our planet and life on Earth as we know it.

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As Rantt has previously reported, climate change will alter every level of our existence. We’ll see rising sea levels, massive floods, stronger hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, poisoned food, an increase in terrorism, mass extinctions, the list goes on. In 2016, the first mammal went extinct due to climate change. If these warming trends continue at the rate they are currently trending, large regions like North Africa and the Middle East could become uninhabitable by the end of this century, creating an unprecedented migration crisis.

Aside from President Trump’s disregard for climate change, Trump continued to spread his lies about Joe Biden and essentially admitted to the quid pro quo (withholding military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden).

And finally, there was a disgusting moment during Trump’s meeting with the Polish President.

The fact the President is speaking like this at all, let alone at the United Nations, is objectively depraved. This is authoritarian rhetoric unbecoming of a President. Tomorrow, Trump is set to address the United Nations and is reportedly going to “affirm America’s leadership role” and “underscore that America is a positive alternative to authoritarianism…”

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Rundown // Authoritarianism / Climate Change / Donald Trump / Greta Thunberg / United Nations