Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Will he or won't he?

It's fun when the press participates in the creation of this phony suspense. Everyone can get super excited wondering what will happen.
WASHINGTON — A divided White House staff, anxious corporate executives, lawmakers and foreign leaders are fiercely competing for President Trump’s ear this week as he nears a decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, the landmark agreement that commits nearly every country to combat global warming.
Trump has said for ages that he would take us out of the Paris agreement. The administration is already taking policy steps that would violate it anyway. But somehow we're supposed to humor the pretense that a "divided" team of advisors is carefully weighing choices as the President deliberates. Does that sound anything like what these people actually do?

Even the ostensible pro-Paris side of Trump's entourage is a joke. 
Mr. Trump’s daughter, however, has spent the past several weeks making sure that her father has heard from both sides, according to an administration official familiar with her efforts.

Ms. Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser in the White House, also favors staying as long as doing so does not legally limit the steps Mr. Trump is taking to move away from the restrictive environmental standards President Barack Obama put in place.
The Kushners' idea is that hey maybe we can remain a party to the agreement as long as we don't actually have to follow the agreement.  That's supposed to be the moderate side of a so-called debate within the White House.

Everyone knows this is bullshit. President Norquist (who is also in this article for some reason) has already made up his mind.
“Everybody who hates Trump wants him to stay in Paris. Everybody who respects him, trusts him, voted for him, wishes for him to succeed wants him to pull out,” said Grover Norquist, an anti-tax activist who had earlier posted on Twitter the “Top 5 reasons USA should withdraw from Paris ‘climate’ debacle.”
Anyway, do stay tuned. Try not to spoil the outcome.  

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