Vastavam web: Former US president Barack Obama has took a new swipe at his successor Donald Trump over the Paris climate accord at a meeting with business leaders in the French capital.Obama also vouched for the superiority of female leadership as “men seem to be having some problems these days”, alluding to the sexual assault and harassment scandals currently engulfing the United States.He was referring to Trump’s threat to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate accord, the day after making similar remarks during a visit to New Delhi.
Trump has said the accord is crippling US business and has called for the agreement to be renegotiated.Asked to list leadership qualities for the future, Obama advocated “more focus on putting women in power, because men seem to be having some problems these days.”Obama also used the occasion to hone his post- presidential vision of hope and change as he seeks to build support for the foundation he launched in September.
“If we can adapt to change we can make extraordinary progress. Hope is not being blind to problems,” Obama said.But he also warned of the dangers of “deeply embedded inequality”.”Going forward we need to modernise our economies in a way that is inclusive,” he said.Obama lunched earlier yesterday with Emmanuel Macron, meeting him for the first time after backing the French leader’s presidential campaign.Macron, 39, emulated Obama’s youth-oriented campaign, focusing on mobilising grassroots support for his upstart centrist movement En Marche. Obama also met yesterday with France’s former president Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
“We discussed the big challenges of the planet and especially the subject of the climate. We are confident the accord will be implemented,” Hollande tweeted afterward.Hidalgo said the C40, an international network of mayors that she heads, would build ties with the Obama Foundation focusing on climate change.The former US president’s fee has not been disclosed, but a rampant rumour mill suggested the figure of USD 400,000 (336,000 euros).