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What is the primary purpose of Donald Trump's "The Paris Climate Accord" speech and how does he try to achieve it?

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President Trump announced his intention that the United States withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord (Paris Agreement) on June 1, 2017. The Paris Agreement between 184 state parties was signed in December 2015, and is set to take effect beginning in 2020. Because the United States cannot formally withdraw from the agreement until 2020, the primary purpose of President Trump's statement may have been to gain public approval for his economic program by providing economic reasons to commence rolling back preliminary steps that had been taken to comply the agreement.

A typical rhetorical analysis looks at the writer/speaker's goals, techniques with examples, and a critique of the rhetorician's success or failure. Assuming President Trump's purpose of gaining public approval, an analysis could look at his many appeals to fairness and patriotism in his speech, which would fall under the rhetorical category of pathetic appeals, as well as his theme of keeping campaign promises. President Trump also used logical appeals in his statement by citing statistics and expert projections. In order to bolster his argument the President also used logical appeals to downplay the effects of his proposed economic policy changes on the climate.

Of President Trump's examples, the most successful were probably those where he contrasted the constraints on the United States versus the ones affecting China and India. He emphasized that American efforts to limit carbon emissions would throttle the economy for negligible effect since under the Paris Agreement other countries would be allowed to continue to pollute for years after the United States had cut back on its own emissions.

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