UPDATED 8:33 AM PT – Thursday, September 23, 2021
John Kerry has continued to justify the importance of focusing on so-called climate change. In an interview from Wednesday, he danced around a question on the effort to protect human rights, specifically China’s genocide of its Uyghur minority.
His response was “life is always full of tough choices” and compared Joe Biden’s push to cooperate with China with former President Ronald Reagan’s success with the Soviet Union in 1986. Kerry said prioritizing climate is still the administration’s number one goal despite the ongoing human rights abuses in the Xinjiang province.
“We have to find a way forward to make the world safer, to protect our countries and act in our interests,” stated the White House dubbed climate envoy. “We can do and must do the same thing now. Yes, we have issues, a number of different issues. But first and foremost, this planet must be protected. We all need to do that for our people.”
Thrilled by @POTUS‘s announcement at the UN today that the Administration will work with Congress to further double the U.S. climate finance goal from earlier this year – an important signal of strong U.S. leadership by the President ahead of @COP26. https://t.co/gEiG4x5WIV
— Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry (@ClimateEnvoy) September 21, 2021
Kerry added that if China is able to cooperate with the U.S. on climate issues, it could lead to the potential for conversations on other issues.