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Comedian John Oliver offered a crushing takedown of Trump's decision to ditch the Paris climate agreement. (Screenshot: HBO/Youtube)

John Oliver: Trump Climate Decision Is Behavior of Destructive 'Egomaniac'

Even this professional comedian knows that exit from landmark international deal will have 'catastrophic' impacts for future generations

Common Dreams staff

It took comedian John Oliver just over twenty minutes on Sunday night to destroy nearly everything said during President Donald Trump's announcement last Thursday to withdraw the United States from the international Paris agreement on climate change.

Calling Trump "a fucking egomaniac" with a "ludicrous misunderstanding" of the Paris deal and human-caused global warming, Oliver could hardly contain his exasperation as he performed a running fact-check of the president's remarks.

Oliver took Trump to task for claiming that those who applauded the signing of the deal did so because it would put the U.S. at an "economic disadvantage."

"What are you talking about?" Oliver exclaimed. "They were happy because they secured a landmark victory for the future of the planet, you fucking egomaniac."

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