Obama criticizes Trump in Cop26 remarks
Barack Obama addressed the Cop26 climate change conference today, opening with a cheery â€œHello, Glasgow!â€
The former US president, tieless and looking relaxed, said that he doesnâ€™t need to attend such conferences anymore, but â€œyou will have a hard time keeping me awayâ€ when it comes to the future of the planet.
Obama said â€œmeaningful progressâ€ has been made since the Paris climate accords, which he helped to strike, but he acknowledged that more needs to be done.
â€œWhat is also true, collectively and individually we are still falling short,â€ he said. â€œWe have not done nearly enough to address this crisis, we will need to do more.â€
Obama admitted that â€œsome progress stalledâ€ when Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Paris deal. â€œI wasnâ€™t real happy about that,â€ he added, but said the â€œUS is backâ€ under Joe Bidenâ€™s leadership.
He also argued that, despite opposition within the Democratic party, some version of Bidenâ€™s ambitious $555bn climate package will pass in Congress in the coming weeks. â€œIt will set the United States on course to meet its new climate targets,â€ he said.
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