"“I’m here because President Trump is not,” the billionaire philanthropist and 2020 Democratic contender said in Madrid."
"MADRID ― Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, made an appearance Tuesday at the United Nations climate summit to assure the world that “Americans are continuing to lead on climate change, even with a climate denier in the White House.”
“I’m here because President Trump is not,” Bloomberg said at a Global Covenant of Mayors event. “I’m here because his administration refused to lead on climate change, and so others must do the work.”
The former New York mayor did not mention his own presidential campaign, which he kicked last month to the chagrin of some climate activists. Instead, he highlighted efforts by cities in the U.S. and abroad to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More than 10,000 mayors and local governments, including hundreds in the U.S., have joined the coalition in an effort to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement, the historic 2015 international deal to cut emissions."