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French President Emmanuel Macron Trolls Donald Trump: 'Make Our Planet Great Again'

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French President Emmanuel Macron was disappointed with President Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement— but he had some fun too.

In a speech and on Twitter, Macron adopted Trump’s signature slogan — “Make America Great Again” — but changed it slightly to invert the U.S. president’s agenda. “Make Our Planet Great Again,” Macron said. 


Like many other world leaders, Macron reiterated his commitment to the international climate agreement and to finding new ways to protect the planet from global warming.

“To all scientists, engineers, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland,” Macron said in his response to Trump. “I call on them: Come and work here with us — to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment. I can assure you, France will not give up the fight.”

While America’s exit from the 2015 accord is not expected to doom the deal, it will weaken the agreement and could hurt U.S. businesses, the very thing Trump says his decision will help. The decision also isolates the U.S. on an important issue as the international community aims to continue efforts to curb climate change. Only two other countries — Syria and Nicaragua — did not sign the agreement in 2015. Nicaragua didn't sign on because the nation felt the agreement would not go far enough to fight climate change.

Macron, for his part, was not deterred by America’s withdrawal. He called on all people to continue working to help the planet, and broadcast his remarks in English, helping promote his joke on Trump’s slogan.

“I call on you to remain confident. We will succeed,” the French leader said. “Because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: Make our planet great again.”



Elon Musk to Trump: You quit Paris, so I quit you

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has quit two of President Trump's business advisory councils after the president announced he will pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate agreement.

"Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world," Musk said Thursday on Twitter, shortly after the president announced from the Rose Garden that he would begin the process of leaving the accord. 

Musk had vowed to step down from the advisory councils he sits on if the president pulled out of the pact.

"I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain," he said Wednesday on Twitter

Musk was one of 18 business leaders serving on Trump's chief business advisory council, known as the Strategic and Policy Forum. He was also an adviser on the president's manufacturing jobs initiative, and has met with Trump to talk about infrastructure spending. 

Musk has been under fire from the start for his willingness to engage with the Trump administration. 

In April, a startup investor shelled out $400,000 to run ads in the New York Times and the Washington Post urging Musk to "dump Trump." It was part of a $1 million bid to persuade the billionaire CEO that he shouldn't work with Trump, given their sharp ideological differences, especially on climate change.

Until now, Musk had said he thought it was prudent to put his differences with Trump aside so he could have a seat at the table. This isn't the first time Musk has publicly opposed the Trump administration. 

Musk adamantly disagreed with Trump's decision to sign an executive order in January that temporarily banned travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. 

Despite his concerns, Musk decided to remain on the president's business councils -- even as Uber CEO Travis Kalanick departed amid public pressure

"Advisory councils simply provide advice, and attending does not mean that I agree with actions by the Administration," Musk said in a statement, posted on Twitter at the time. 

Musk's decision to leave is a bold move from a man who has a lot of skin in the game. 

Elon Musk with President Trump before a meeting of the business advisory council in February. 


SpaceX has scored a number of lucrative government contracts in recent years. The company is currently fulfilling a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to send supplies to the International Space Station. It also has an $82.7 million contract to send a U.S. Air Force satellite into space in 2018. Last month, it launched a spy satellite for a U.S. intelligence agency. 

In fact, SpaceX has an ISS resupply mission scheduled for Thursday night

But transitioning the world sustainable energy is the crux of Tesla's business -- and Musk's personal brand. 

When Tesla (TSLA) starting accepting deposits for its Solar Roof in May, Musk reiterated his belief that the world is moving toward that widespread use of green power. 

"That's the vision for the future we think is the only sensible vision for the future -- and the one we're building toward," he said.


Clinton Says She Was 'Right' About 'Vast Russia Conspiracy'; Investigations Ongoing

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York last month.

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton argued Wednesday that Russian meddling in the 2016 election in large part cost her the White House, and said she's was "leaning" toward believing that President Trump's campaign did, indeed, collude with the Russians.

During an interview at Recode's Code Conference, Clinton argued that the Russians "could not have known how best to weaponize" damaging information about her campaign and fake news stories perpetrated on social media unless they had been "guided" by Americans.

Multiple investigations into potential ties between Trump associates and Russia, as well as Russian interference in the U.S. election, are ongoing.

Clinton's latest comments continue a post-election emergence where the former Democratic nominee continues to point fingers for her loss, though other accounts of the Clinton campaign have put more fault in her corner.

Trump tweeted Wednesday night that she "blamed everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate."

Clinton's response: "People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe."

At the conference, Clinton said her campaign's assertions that there was Russian meddling had been "basically shooed away."

" 'There she goes, "vast right-wing conspiracy," ' now it's a vast Russian conspiracy," she said. "It turned out we were right, and we saw evidence of it."

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia attempted to interfere in the election in an effort to get Trump elected, though there so far has been no evidence of collusion with the Trump team. Former CIA Director John Brennan told lawmakers earlier this month that he was concerned about contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials, but he said he didn't know if "collusion existed."

In addition to her Russia comments, Clinton on Wednesday said stories about her controversial private email server while at the State Department were overblown, calling it "the biggest nothing-burger ever."

"It was a mistake. I've said it was a mistake," she added. "And obviously, if I could turn the clock back, I wouldn't have done it in the first place. But the way that it was used was very damaging."

Trump brought up the server regularly on the campaign trail.

Clinton said she takes responsibility for mistakes made by her campaign, but echoed comments she's made since the election as well — that she was on a trajectory toward winning until then-FBI Director James Comey released a letter less than two weeks before Election Day saying that he was re-examining her email investigation.

"Comey was more than happy to talk about my emails, but he wouldn't talk about the Russians," she said.

Comey has testified it makes him "mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election." But he defended his handling of both investigations, saying that not disclosing that they were re-opening the investigation just before the election would have jeopardized the FBI's independence and that the Russia investigation, which began last summer, was treated "consistently under the same principles" as the Clinton email probe.

Trump fired Comey earlier this month, initially citing how he handled the investigation into Clinton's email server as the impetus. However, the president later said the Russia investigation played a role.

Even with that last-minute October surprise, Clinton said she still believed she was going to win — and that perhaps that was why the warnings about Russia's involvement seemed to fall on deaf ears.

"I also think I was the victim of the very broad assumption I was going to win. I never believed it, I always thought it would be a close election," she said.

But her campaign ultimately saw measurable drops with women voters in the suburbs of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in particular, Clinton said.

"I knew that I'd taken a tremendous hit after the Comey letter and later I understood the role that WikiLeaks played in it. But the Comey letter was measurable," she said. "You could see my drop."

However, pollsters have said that "there is at best mixed evidence to suggest that the FBI announcement tipped the scales of the race." And the new book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign details how many early missteps ultimately hurt her campaign.

Clinton has pointed fingers before at Comey for contributing to her loss. And in a commencement address last week at her alma mater, Wellesley College, she jabbedmore directly at Trump and the controversies engulfing his administration.

But on Wednesday she unleashed her harshest blame yet against her own party, claiming the Democratic National Committee was vastly unprepared for the 2016 election when it came to data-gathering compared to the GOP's robust operation.

"I set up my campaign and we have our own data operation. I get the nomination, so I'm now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherited nothing from the Democratic Party," she said.

"I mean, it was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong," Clinton added.


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