Expect a frustrated John Kerry to use the podium at an upcoming climate summit in Boston to "frustrate" Donald Trump after the president dismantled his key accomplishments as foreign minister, political observers say.
Kerry will speak at an International Mayors Climate Summit at Boston University in June, which aims to attract officials from Chinese cities, officials from Boston said. A similar meeting between US and Chinese officials was scheduled for the past year, but was canceled after Trump's State Department withdrew support, said Mayor Martin J. Walsh at the time.
This conference was canceled at about the same time as Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which had paid close attention to Kerry's efforts as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to former US President Barack Obama. And with Trump, who also withdraws from the nuclear deal with Iran ̵
"It is very likely that he will attack President Trump in the spotlight, he has an ax to grind with Trump and tries to preserve his legacy as Secretary of State," said Republican strategist Ford O Connell. "He really only has two feathers in his cap: the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate deal, which Trump torpedoes both."
"He has a safe place to shoot wildly at the President if he decides," O & # 39; Connell added:
Democratic Advisor Scott Ferson said that Kerry "probably feels he owns a license" to criticize Trump over these payouts, with the Iran deal being a "personal" problem in particular. But he said Kerry's appearance at the conference had political benefits for Walsh, who hosted a national conference of mayors in Boston that same week.
"This could increase its reputation at the national level and this week could help to define it as a national municipal leader," Ferson said.
"It is important for Boston to honor its commitment to international climate dialogues," said Walsh spokeswoman Nicole Caravella in a statement. "As cities, we play a unique role in driving forward the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, and we are open to working with all partners who have the same mission, and we are fortunate that Secretary Kerry supports this work."