During a portion of his Thursday speech to an Ohio builders' union, President Donald Trump said the United States is like a "developing country".
The remarks were in reference to the Paris climate agreement, which Trump decided to exit barring U.S.-friendly changes, and its provision that developed nations would assist those still developing in adopting cleaner energies.
“That was a disaster for this country,” Trump said of the climate pact, claiming it would have forced the U.S. to close factories.
“As far as I’m concerned, we’re developing. Pay us some money. We’re developing," he continued.
"Maybe we’ll call it redeveloping, because we’re redeveloping. But it was unfair," he said.
In promoting his administration's infrastructure plan, Trump compared the U.S. to a "third-world country":
“Now we are like in many cases a third-world country. It’s an embarrassment,” he said. “And we’re the ones that had the imagination and the drive to get it done. But we’ve got that again.”