‘Awful! Awful Trump in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry’

Mary Robinson lets fly at US president in speech delivered in New York

Speaking at the WE Day UN event in New York, former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, has slammed current US president Donald Trump for his actions over climate change. Video: WE

Former president Mary Robinson has sharply criticised US president Donald Trump, accusing him of hypocrisy on climate change and saying he is “in the pocket” of the fossil fuel industry.

Addressing the WE movement, a gathering of people committed to social change and justice in Madison Square Garden, New York, Mrs Robinson said she liked to refer to climate justice, in preference to climate change, as the impacts of events like the hurricanes in the Caribbean affected the poor while the wealthy are the ones who largely get the benefits of fossil fuels.

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