Vladimir Putin joked about President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. ‘We can now blame bad weather on American imperialism, that it’s all their fault. But we won’t.’
Vladimir Putin was in a surprisingly jovial mood on Friday as he appeared at the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, with the Russian president smiling throughout his session and even cracking some jokes.
A number of Putin’s quips came at the start of the question-and-answer segment of the event, when moderator Megyn Kelly asked him and the other panelists to give their thoughts on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Putin downplayed the situation at first by stating there is still time for a compromise to be worked out before launching into a joke about how Russians can now blame any sudden or unforeseen weather on the United States and President Trump.
Putin also joked about the negative view European leaders have of him and his country’s frigid weather in his response to the question, which drew laughter from the audience and the panel.
And at one point he told the audience: ‘Don’t worry, be happy.’
She then asked how European leaders were responding to President Trump’s move, and went to Putin first for a response.
‘Well I am not amongst the European leaders. At least, the European leaders do not consider me to be among them,’ Putin replied, drawing laughter from the room.
He then got serious, explaining: ‘The Paris Agreement is a very good, correct document to solve one of the global problems of modernity. Now the question is, if we are in a position to not allow climate change.’
Putin, then went in for another bit of humor, this time opting for an inside-joke with his fellow Russians.
‘It’s about preventing temperature changes of two degrees, but we don’t feel here that the temperature is getting hotter,’ said Putin, breaking into a grin as he neared the end of his comment.
He followed that bit up with yet another joke.
‘By the way, we should be grateful to President Trump. In Moscow it’s raining and cold and even, some snow,’ said Putin, referencing the surprise weather that hit the Russian capital on Friday.
‘We can now blame this all on American imperialism, that it’s all their fault. But we won’t.’