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California Governor: Trump Doesn't Speak For All Of US (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California announced on July 6 that President Donald Trump "doesn't speak for the rest of America" (video below).

In a video for activist group Global Citizen, Brown undercut Trump and promoted a climate action summit for 2018:

Look, it’s up to you and it’s up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change. That's why we're having the climate action summit in San Francisco, September 2018...

Yes, I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris agreement, but he doesn’t speak for the rest of America. We in California and in states all across America believe it's time to act, it's time to join together and that’s why at this climate action summit we’re going to get it done.

The video was filmed for the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, where Trump is currently meeting with world leaders at the G-20 summit.

The Los Angeles Times notes the festival audience applauded when Brown said Trump didn't speak for the rest of the U.S.

Trump was not invited to speak at the festival, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri and other world leaders spoke to the audience of 12,000.

"It’s hard to grasp the mortal danger that climate change represents," Brown told the Los Angeles Times. "I believe that California, New York, France and Germany and the other countries -- we have to get our act together, strengthen our commitment and bring as many nations along as we can."

Brown said the 2018 summit in "the biggest state in the union is the venue for a worldwide convocation of states, regions and entrepreneurs and others who want to do something serious about climate change."

Brown is being joined in his effort to reduce global warming, which contradicts the president, by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

While Trump dropped out of the Paris accord on climate change, California and a dozen other states have promised to stay with the Paris agreement and reduce emissions further. The number of cities joining the effort had grown to 331 by early July.

Several world leaders are reportedly planning to bring up climate change with Trump at the G-20 summit, and it is possible that each participating country, except for the U.S., may sign a commitment to the Paris guidelines, which would isolate Trump on the world stage.

Saudi Arabia is reluctant to offend Trump, who recently signed an enormous military aid deal with the wealthy oil-rich nation. Additionally, Indonesia, Russia and Turkey are not seen as strong in the fight against global warming.

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