After weeks besieged by the Russia scandal, his Twitter-triggered firestorms and backstabbing in his own West Wing, the President was back in charge, holding court in the White House Rose Garden, vowing to "Make America Great Again
The disdain of foreign elites just made the
moment all the sweeter for Trump and his core supporters who have been waiting for such a moment to enshrine his "American First" philosophy.
"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won't be. They won't be," Trump said, styling the Paris accord as a global plot to rob America of his freedom and its riches.
"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."

Appealing to his base

It was an eloquent encapsulation of the political creed that powered his rise to the presidency and his belief that he is delivering for what Vice President Mike Pence called the "forgotten men and women."
"This is Trump. This is Trumpism, I would say this is Trump at his best," said Stephen Moore, a former economic adviser to the president's campaign, who is now a commentator.
"When he talked about pulling out of the Paris accord, it was met by thunderous ovations from Trump voters."
While he did install a conservative Supreme Court justice and pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, Trump has had a hard time enacting many of the promises that animated his campaign, from repealing Obamacare to making Mexico pay for a wall.
That's one reason his allies, like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, drove home the line Thursday that the President was fulfilling the mandate of his supporters.
"He promised he would defend the American worker and defend American jobs," Paul said

"Donald Trump promised the voters he was going to keep American jobs here and he wasn't going to sign crazy agreements that don't have our best interests at heart."


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