POST TIME: 2 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 2 December, 2017 01:19:36 AM
Obama digs at Trump over climate change

Obama digs at Trump over
climate change

Former US president Barack Obama launched a veiled barb at his successor Donald Trump yesterday, saying there is "a pause in American leadership" on climate change. Since leaving office in January, Obama has been relatively restrained in his comments about Trump, who frequently fires broadsides at his predecessor's policies, reports AFP from New Delhi. But he took aim at the Republican president in a New Delhi speech over Trump's threat to leave the 2015 Paris climate accord on slashing global carbon emissions. "It is an agreement that -- even though we have a little bit of a pause in American leadership -- is giving our children a fighting chance," Obama told a symposium organised by the Hindustan Times newspaper.

"And the good news is that in the United States, there are states, companies and universities and cities that are continuing to work to make sure that America lives up to that agreements that we made in the Paris accords," he added.

Trump has threatened several times to withdraw from the Paris accord saying it is crippling US business. He has called for the agreement to be renegotiated.

Obama would not be drawn into other questions about the US administration during his appearance in New Delhi, but the former president did attack "destructive populism from the left or the right" that he called a threat to modern democracy.