The ABC host said the venue where the president revealed he would have America withdraw from the climate change pact made sense, “while we still have roses and gardens.”
Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel both criticized Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.
“I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that Donald Trump may have doomed the planet or the fact that he announced it like it’s an episode of The Bachelorette,” said Trevor Noah. He impersonated Trump saying, “Earth, we had a great time in the hot tub, but I’ve got to give a rose to coal.”
“We all joke about him destroying the world, but this could be it,” said Noah. “And can I just say, telling nature to go f— itself while standing in a garden is a pretty gangster move, I’m not going to lie.”
The Daily Show host posited that the only way Trump’s announcement could have been “more messed up” is if he had a polar bear in the background, but he joked that Eric Trump would have shot the polar bear.
Noah continued to speak more seriously about Trump’s decision, saying that try as he might, he can’t bring back coal jobs.
“It may have been big back in the day, but it’s not going to work now,” he said. “It’s like Baywatch — you can’t save it.”
Jimmy Kimmel also reflected on Trump’s choice of location for his speech on the Paris accord.
“It made sense that he did it from the Rose Garden, while we still have roses and gardens,” said Kimmel. He teased Trump for delivering a message of “hope” as in “I hope this terrible prank America decided to play on itself is over soon.”
Kimmel showed a clip of Trump giving his speech about the Paris accord, and had a man in a devil costume stand behind him. “He does have some support,” joked Kimmel, adding that he hopes when the ice caps melt, the water ruins every rug at Mar-a-Lago.
“By the way, it isn’t just environmentalists who want us to remain a part of the Paris accord. Exxon Mobile lobbied for us to stay in it. Shell wanted us in it. Walmart supported it,” continued Kimmel. “Because apparently these big companies ran the numbers, and it turns out if climate change destroys human life on Earth, it could be bad for business.”