Former President Barack Obama lamented Saturday President Donald Trump’s administration’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.
“I grant you that at the moment we have a temporary absence of American leadership on the issue,” Obama said at an invitation-only event in Paris. Obama did not mention President Donald Trump by name, but he did allude to the administration’s move to opt out of the accord.
The U.S. remains on track to meet the agreement, he said, referring to a state-based coalition designed to fill the void left. Obama met with French President Emanuel Macron earlier in the day during a private conversation the French presidency did not publicize.
Obama did appear to recognize the frustration many Europeans are feeling about the EU’s increasing intrusion into people’s lives.
“I think for example that the European Union needs to recognize that micro-managing every single aspect of life within Europe gets people frustrated,” he said. (Read more from “Obama Complains About Trump’s Move to Remove US From Paris Deal” HERE)