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Obama Slams Trump's Paris Climate Treaty Decision

| by Jonathan Constante

Former president Barack Obama took aim at current President Donald Trump's recent political moves while speaking at an event in Canada.

Obama spoke to a crowd of more than 6,000 people at an event hosted by the Montreal Board of Trade, the Daily Mail reported. He spoke against what he called the rise of "extreme nationalism and xenophobia and the politics of 'us-versus-them.'"

"In times of disruption we may go backward instead of forward," Obama said. "We're going to have to replace fear with hope."

Obama also mentioned the phenomenon of "alternative facts," saying that America has fallen into a place in which we don't only disagree on opinions, "but now people are just disagreeing on facts."

"And we're in an environment where we are only accepting information that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the facts that we receive," Obama explained. "And evidence and reason and logic."

Obama also spoke about maintaining relationships with our allies.

"We have to sustain our alliances. We have to help other countries with their own development," Obama continued, adding that the alternative could result in "intolerance and tribalism and organizing ourselves along ethnic lines."

"The disruptions that are happening globally are going to continue to accelerate," Obama said. "And what's more, in an age of [instant] information, where TV and Twitter can feed us a steady stream of bad news -- and sometimes fake news -- it can seem like the international order that we've created is being constantly tested, and that the center may not hold.

"And in some cases that leads people to search for certainty and control, and they can call for isolationism or nationalism, or they can consider rolling back the rights of others, or simply they can try to retreat and suggest that we have no obligations beyond our borders, or beyond our communities, beyond our tribe."

Obama did not forget to comment on Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate treaty. He called the treaty "an agreement that, even with the temporary absence of American leadership, will still give our children a fighting chance."

"We have shown that environmental sustainability and economic progress are not contradictory, but are complementary," Obama said.

While Trump's decision to take the United States out of the Paris climate treaty was widely condemned, The White House insisted the president made the right move.

"The Paris Accord is a bad deal for Americans, and [Trump's] action today is keeping his promise to put American workers first," The White House tweeted.

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