France trolls Trump by annotating White House video attacking Paris Agreement with corrections

The French ministry annotated a video posted by the White House supporting their decision to pull out of the Paris agreement

Clark Mindock
New York
Friday 02 June 2017 20:37
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France trolls Trump by annotating White House video about the Paris Agreement

The French ministry is trolling Donald Trump for deciding to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

In a video posted to its Twitter account just one day after Mr Trump announced his plans, the French ministry revised a video the White House had previously posted that sought to explain why the Paris agreement was bad for the US.

“We’ve seen the White House video about the Paris accord,” the French tweet read. “We disagree — so we’ve changed it. #MakeThePlanetGreatAgain.”

From the very first slide in the short, informational video, the French ministry undercut the American position, erasing portions of the White House’s message and writing over them.

Instead of the Paris agreement causing American job losses, the video says, many major American companies in all sorts of sectors wanted the US to stay in the Paris accord. The video noted that the UN green climate fund established in the accord isn’t a “slush” fund, that those funds are for investment in low-emission development, and that the US had committed less per capita than many other countries (he promised $3 billion).

Perhaps one of the most stinging rebukes for Mr Trump — who frequently called his predecessor Barack Obama an ineffective negotiator and leader — comes in one of the last slides, which replaces “badly negotiated” with “comprehensively negotiated” above Mr Obama’s signature.

Mr Trump’s decision to take the US out of the Paris climate accord has been widely criticised by leaders all around the world, including by French President Emmanuel Macron. Using Mr Trump’s popular campaign slogan, the French president replied to the Paris announcement by concocting the “#MakeThePlanetGreatAgain” hashtag. The French also issued a joint statement with Germany and Italy condemning the withdrawal.

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