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Tuvaluan PM: Trump Fails To Safeguard, Bainimarama Beacon Of Hope

Where American President Donald Trump has badly failed to safeguard the future of this planet, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has stepped up and been a beacon of hope, says
09 Jun 2017 11:02
Tuvaluan PM: Trump Fails To Safeguard, Bainimarama Beacon Of Hope
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga in New York on June 7, 2017. Photo: Jyoti Pratibha

Where American President Donald Trump has badly failed to safeguard the future of this planet, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has stepped up and been a beacon of hope, says Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga.

Mr Sopoaga in a candid interview with the Fiji Sun in New York yesterday called the actions of Mr Trump naïve and based on opinion of one person.

“Fiji has done very well, extremely well under the presidency of Prime Minister and has been a beacon of hope.

“Tuvalu has already expressed our dismay, our disappointment at very poor leadership coming from the biggest polluter of the world and for his to question what the world has worked out for more than 20 years, in fact to come together in Paris…and, for that leader to suddenly say that he is pulling out the US from the Paris Agreement…. Tuvalu believes this is not the view of the American people. This is the view of that one person- the President and it is not shared by the majority of American people and American states.

“More than 30 American states do not support his views and even the fossil fuel companies are not in support.

“Tuvalu believes this is the view of an individual, maybe out of naivety but that does not bother us.

“It is unfortunate for the American people but Tuvalu believes the whole world is moving forward and looking at this as a grand opportunity.

“They say there is always a silver lining in every cloud so let’s do that and we will reward the nations that are progressing, their markets that are progressing and they will benefit more than the American economy – unfortunately because of that leadership.

“We have only to believe in ourselves and Tuvalu strongly believes that even though our islands are sinking and going down because of pollution and from his own company in fact, from Trump’s empire which has contributed a lot but we believe in humanity coming together.

“We cannot give up.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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