United States President Donald Trump called the air quality in India, Russia and China “filthy” during a presidential debate with Democratic White House challenger Joe Biden. He was explaining the reason why he decided to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

According to Trump, the accord would have made the US a non competitive nation

“Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India. The air is filthy. I walked out of the Paris Accord as we had to take out trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly,” Trump said.

“I will not sacrifice millions of jobs… thousands of companies because of the Paris Accord. It is very unfair,” he added

Trump and Biden refused to shake hands due to the risks of COVID-19 infection. The US President was recently infected with the deadly virus.

Trump’s recent remarks on India’s air quality helped opposition Congress leader Kapil Sibal attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has called Trump his “friend” on many occasions.

“Trump : Fruits of Friendship. 1) Questions India’s COVID death toll. 2) Says India sends dirt up into the air. India “air is filthy”. 3) Called India “tariff king“. The result of “Howdy Modi!”,” Sibal said in a tweet.

Under the presidency of Trump, the US had pulled the US out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement in 2017. Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had played a key role in the global agreement.

The accord aims to keep the global warming “well below” two degrees Celsius.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper had recently visited New Delhi to discuss on the growth of the US-India partnership. However, Trump has blamed India and China for climate change on many occasions.