The atmosphere at President Trump’s announcement to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord appears to be strangely festive, according to pictures and videos posted on social media.
Reporters posted videos on Twitter showing a Marine Corps band playing jazz on the Rose Garden lawn ahead of the announcement. Bloomberg White House reporter Jennifer Epstein noted that the band was playing like a “wedding cocktail hour.”
The Paris agreement was signed by 195 countries in December 2015, and pledges to cap the increase in global temperature to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Trump said he would begin negotiations to re-enter the agreement or negotiate a new agreement that’s more “fair to US interests.
Check out some footage from the ground:
A Marine Corps band is playing jazz before the Paris accord announcement pic.twitter.com/ebUhb4pf00
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) June 1, 2017
Waiting for Trump in the Rose Garden, band still playing like at a wedding cocktail hour. pic.twitter.com/vJbfcYwiyI
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) June 1, 2017