US President Donald Trump today described the air in India, China and Russia as “filthy” as he defended his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, which, he said, would have made America a non-competitive nation.
“Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India. The air is filthy. I walked out of the Paris Accord as we had to take out trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly,” he said during a debate with Democratic White House challenger Joe Biden.
“I will not sacrifice millions of jobs… thousands of companies because of the Paris Accord. It is very unfair,” he said at the televised debate in which the two candidates avoided shaking hands due to safety risks.
The remarks of the US President drew angry reactions in India, with some Twitter users urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give strong response to Mr Trump’s statements. However, opposition leaders like Kapil Sibal used the US President’s remarks to take a potshot at PM Modi, who has often addressed Mr Trump as “friend”.