G20: Trump defends withdrawal from Paris accord

It was a move that took effect on Nov. 4, a day after the presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden, who has said he will rejoin the agreement as soon as he takes office.

Trump said, without providing evidence, that the air in the United States was 7% cleaner than when he took office, and that U.S. renewable energy capacity had increased by more than 30% even as the United States became the top U.S. and natural gas producer in the world.

"Every day we're proving that we can protect our workers, create new jobs, and safeguard the environment without imposing crippling mandates and one-sided international agreements on our citizens," he said.

Trump's comments were streamed to the virtual gathering on Sunday (November 22).

Video Transcript

DONALD TRUMP: Anywhere in the world. To protect American workers, I withdrew the United States from the unfair and one-sided Paris Climate Accord. A very unfair act for the United States. The Paris Accord was not designed to save the environment, it was designed to kill the American economy.

I refuse to surrender millions of American jobs and send trillions of American dollars to the world's worst polluters and environmental offenders, and that's what would have happened. Since withdrawing from the Paris Accord, the United States has reduced carbon emissions more than any nation anywhere in the world. Our air is 7% cleaner than when I took office. At the same time, we've made America energy independent bolstered by our historic tax and regulatory cuts, the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world. American free enterprise.