Obama to address Emanuel's climate meeting Tuesday

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2017

Others think Obama should still be president. The area was placed under high security.

In comments likely to raise eyebrows in Brussels, Obama said that although Europeans should not take for granted what the European project has accomplished since the end of World War Two, decision-making in the EU could be improved. No journalists were allowed at the meal.

Obama's visit comes as Macron pursues a tricky diplomatic strategy with Trump, whom he hosted as the guest of honour at the Bastille Day celebrations this year in an unsuccessful bid to change his mind on climate.

Obama was in China and India before he arrived in France.

Speaking to a group of communications and media leaders as well as financiers and academics known as Les Napoleons, Obama regretted what he called a "temporary absence of American leadership" on climate change.

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Hidalgo said the C40, an worldwide network of mayors that she heads, would build ties with the Obama Foundation focusing on climate change.

As the panel continued, Obama made sure to get in another thinly-veiled critique of a man in power-Donald Trump.

It has been near a year since former President Obama was at the helm of the United States government and leading from behind.

The agreement pledges all countries to capping rises in global temperatures and to cutting carbon emissions. "What I would say is Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, all these various platforms are extraordinarily powerful tools, and those tools can be used for good and they tools can be used for ill", he said.

According to Obama, who did not frame the matter in terms of elected officials but generally around men in power, he believes it's time for more women to be in charge.

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