Trump told reporters during a press conference Saturday morning that he is not ignoring the threat of the climate crisis, but he doesn't want to take action to confront the emergency because such a move would threaten corporate profits.
"So we have the best numbers that we've ever had recently," Trump said.
"I'm not looking to create a standard that is so high that we're going to lose 20-25 percent of our production.
"We have the cleanest water we've ever had, we have the cleanest air—you saw the reports come out recently.
"On a scale from the cleanest to the dirtiest, the U.S. is at 123 out of 195 countries measured.".
Trump's comments came amid reports that the U.S. president attempted to pressure allies to weaken the G20 commitment to fighting climate change.
Trump's efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, as the U.S. remained the sole outlier in refusing to back the summit's climate declaration. »