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Won't let other countries take advantage of US anymore: Trump on Paris Accord

Says, 'Every day I am president, we are going to make America first, not somebody else, not some other country'

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Donald Trump
President Donald Trump listens during his meeting with US Mayors and Governors for an Infrastructure Summit in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington

will continue to lead the world on but would not be dictated by others on this issue, President has said as he justified his decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate deal.

"From now on, we will follow a very simple rule: Every day I am president, we are going to make first, not somebody else, not some other country. We are going to make first," said.


"will continue to lead the world on We're going to have clean water, crystal clean. We're going to have clean air. But what we won't do is let other countries take advantage of the United States anymore, and dictate what we are doing and dictate our future," he said in his address at the Faith and Freedom Coalitions Road to Majority Conference here.

No federal worker, he stressed, should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors.

"As long as I'm president, no one is going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what is in your heart, and from preaching -- and really this is so important, from the bottom of my heart, from preaching from the people that you most want to hear and that you so respect, so we have taken a very, very strong position, and you picked a winner," said.

"We want our pastors thinking out. We want their voices in our public discourse, and we want our children to know the blessings of God. School should not be a place that drive out faith and religion. But that should welcome faith and religion with wide, open, beautiful arms," he said.

said last month he travelled to Saudi Arabia to speak to the leaders of more than 50 Muslim and Arab countries and to rally them in the common fight against terrorism, which is a menace to people of all religions.

There can be no coexistence with this violence, he asserted.

"I told these leaders that they must drive out this enemy from the face of the earth. Every child of God, no matter where they live, what language they speak or what book they live by, deserves to be able to grow up in harmony, dignity and peace," he said.

First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 16:05 IST
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