2019-01-23 16:59:12 UTC
Former Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that if he could speak to
President Donald Trump directly, he would tell him to "resign."
Asked by CNBC's Tania Bryer during a World Economic Forum panel in Davos,
Switzerland, what he would convey to Trump, Kerry replied, "I can't play that
... because he doesn't take any of this seriously. He doesn't have an ability to
have that kind of conversation."
When pressed on what his message to the President would be, Kerry responded,
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.
Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, also criticized Trump for "his
insane decision" to pull out of the Paris climate accord in June 2017, for which
"people will die."
"I wish there was a lawsuit capacity that could hold people liable for such an
insane decision as he has made, which is going to cost lives," he said. "People
will die because of the President's decision, and billions of dollars of damage
will be done to property."
Kerry also accused Trump of lying about the consequences of pulling out of the
accord. Trump claimed at the time that he was leaving to pursue "fair treatment"
and so that foreign leaders would no longer "laugh at us."
"I'm disappointed when a president of the United States lies, and that was a lie
-- there's no burden," said Kerry, who was secretary of state during President
Barack Obama's second term. "Paris did not place outside burdens levied by any
other country on any other country."