Environment

Newspapers Around the World React to Trump's Climate Decision

June 2nd 2017

By:
Mike Rothschild

The Paris Climate Agreement enjoys broad support around the world. So it's not surprising that international media would have a scathing reaction to President Trump pulling the U.S. out of it. 

Several German papers, which had already published brutal attacks on Trump in the past, gave some of the strongest reactions. Major magazine Der Speigel, which had already skewered Trump by depicting him as beheading the Statue of Liberty, wrapped several Trump tropes in one for this attack on the president. 

Trump Der Spiegel

Another German newspaper, the tabloid Berliner Kurier, was equally unsparing, this time, using language rather than visuals:

Trump Berliner Kurier

French newspaper Liberation, based in the same city the historic Paris Agreement was drafted, waved goodbye to the U.S. with a tide of black oil:

Trump Liberation

Another French paper, Catholic journal La Croix, declared "so much for the climate" with a picture of broken-off iceberg.

Trump La Croix

Paris' La Parisien decried "the crazy decision of the United States," complete with American flags on clotheslines in front of a belching smokestack.

La Parisien

Spanish daily paper Ara kept with the iceberg theme, showing a massive (and currently growing) crack in the Antarctica Ice Shelf with the headline "Trump against the world."

Trump Ara

Peru's daily paper La Republica tweaked Trump by showing him spinning the world on his finger, with the caption "blow to the future."

Trump La Republica

Meanwhile, English language papers were no less bewildered by Trump's decision.

London's Daily Telegraph mocked Trump's bizarre "covfefe" tweet in the style of a New Yorker cartoon...

Trump Telegraph

And finally, the New York Daily News echoed its own famous  "Ford to City: Drop Dead" cover for its latest poke at the President:

New York Daily News

The cover based is based on an infamous non-quote by President Gerald Ford, who in 1975 denied sending federal assistance to New York City while it was deep in a financial crisis. While Ford refused the funding request, he insists that he never told the city to "drop dead."