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Donald Trump tells Prince Charles US is 'clean' on climate change

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Winfield House, the US ambassador’s residence in London. Photograph: Chris Jackson/PA

Prince Charles spent 75 minutes longer than scheduled trying to convince Donald Trump of the dangers of climate change, but the president still insisted the US was “clean” and blamed other nations for the crisis.

Trump told ITV’s Good Morning Britain he was due to meet Charles for 15 minutes during his state visit, but the discussion went on for 90 minutes during which the prince did “most of the talking”.

He said: “He is really into climate change and I think that’s great. What he really wants and what he really feels warmly about is the future. He wants to make sure future generations have climate that is good climate, as opposed to a disaster, and I agree.”

But Trump said he pushed back at the suggestion the US should do more.

He said: “I did say, ‘Well, the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are based on all statistics.’ And it’s even getting better because I agree with that we want the best water, the cleanest water. It’s crystal clean, has to be crystal clean clear.”

Trump added: “China, India, Russia, many other nations, they have not very good air, not very good water, and the sense of pollution. If you go to certain cities … you can’t even breathe, and now that air is going up.”

The Guardian

5th June 2019

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