On June 1st, 2017, Donald Trump appeared at a White House Rose Garden ceremony to announce his intention of withdrawing the US from the Paris Accords on Climate Change, a non-binding, flexible agreement among 195 nations globally, with only Nicaragua and Syria abstaining. The pact is more aspirational than emphatic, allowing nations to set their own pace and policies to bring them along the road to carbon emissions reductions. As such, the US’s participation was more important symbolically than as a practical matter, establishing us as a world leader as well as a cooperative partner in the struggle to prevent a climate-based disaster in the coming decades.
On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, celebrity gossip site TMZ tweeted an advance picture from a photo shoot of comedian Kathy Griffin, noted for her edgy, highly political humor. In the photo, Griffin stands impassively, holding a blood-soaked decapitated head, which closely resembles Donald Trump.
Clearly, the political apprentice in question is Donald J. Trump, who simply can’t seem to absorb the steep learning curve of the new job he holds.