Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama, said that by withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, the Trump administration is “abdicating” the United States’ role as the “world leader”.
“It is unrefuted science that there are man-made consequences that are leading to the degradation of our planet. And it was unprecedented to have so many countries, nearly 200 countries from around the world, who followed the United States’ lead on this issue and came to the table and not just the government leaders but in our country, just hundreds and hundreds of large corporations signed on recognizing that it is not anti-business to care about our climate – it is not an either/or, it is a both and an imperative,” Jarrett said during a discussion sponsored by the Raben Group in D.C. last week.
“So I think it signals to the world that the United States is not serious about protecting our planet. Now, I don’t know what other way to interpret a decision that I think could be as dramatically negatively impactful as that decision. And what it means is the rest of the world will move forward without us and the United States has always been that beacon of hope, the leader, the world leader, that’s why we’re called the world leader and we’re basically abdicating that role, so that’s disappointing to me.”
Worried about the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, Jarrett said that she does not see the issue of healthcare as political. “I am not sure why it ever became a political issue. What’s wrong with everyone in our country having affordable healthcare? Why is that a bad thing? That should be a celebrated, good thing,” Jarrett told the audience.