France is burning (again), and President Donald Trump is (again) making the overseas protests about his own agenda.
In a Saturday morning tweet, Trump weighed in on the weekend’s latest round of riots in Paris, claiming that protesters have been chanting “We Want Trump,” as well as arguing that the Paris climate agreement was to blame for the protests. (Trump withdrew the US from the landmark agreement last year, reaffirming that decision last week when he refused to signonto the G20’s non-binding joint statement promising to tackle climate change.)
The president implied that France’s protests, which started in response to rising taxes on gas and diesel, had something to do with people not wanting to “pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment.”
It’s a transparent attempt by the president to twist a major political crisis to his own advantage, with France experiencing ongoing riots which have led to hundreds of arrests, thousands of dollars in property damage, and multiple deaths.