The mayor of Pittsburgh has censured US President Donald Trump for his use of the city in rationalizing withdrawal from the landmark 2015 global climate agreement reached in Paris.
In his speech at the White House on Thursday announcing the decision to pull out of the pact, Trump said, “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord… the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he added.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, was not thrilled with his city’s reference in Trump’s remarks.
He hit back on Twitter when the White House tweeted Trump’s Pittsburgh quote, saying that “it’s now up to cities to lead” and follow the guidelines laid out in the Paris Agreement.
“As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines…