On the opening day of the conference, Biden apologized for the actions of former President Donald Trump, suggesting that America has fallen behind the world in addressing climate change because of Trump and other conservatives.
“I guess I shouldn’t apologize, but I do apologize for the fact the United States, in the last administration, pulled out of the Paris Accords and put us sort of behind the eight ball a little bit,” Biden said.
“That was the first thing I did when elected,” he added, referencing his move to jump back into the climate boondoggle.
An author at China’s Global Times mocked the President’s apology, suggesting that Biden is both a weak president and irrelevant to other global leaders.
“Unlike what Biden may have expected, the apology triggered ridicule,” Ai Jun wrote in an op-ed. “Quite a few netizens, including those from the U.S., claimed they cannot wait until 2024 when the Republican Party, or even Donald Trump himself, apologizes for Biden’s apology.”
But according to Ai Jun, the world perceived Biden’s apology as insincere and merely an attempt to attack his predecessor.
“Most people believe this was hardly an apology, but a slap in the face of his predecessor, a move to pin all the blame on Trump,” Jun wrote.
He also mocked Biden for his inability to act because of his ineffectual leadership.
“[Biden] cannot even win enough support from his own party to get a green light for his plan,” he wrote before suggesting “that the declining US is trapped in a predicament where the best option is to apologize.”
The warnings continued, as the state journalist continued to press the narrative that the US is in decline and owes foreign nations an apology.
“There will be more apologies from US politicians,” he wrote, “and there will be more kneeling down.”