President Joe Biden has offered a public apology to a UN climate conference over his predecessor Donald Trump’s move to pull the US from the Paris accord.
Biden was speaking at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday where world leaders were gathering to discuss implementing the agreement to contain global warming by mid-century.
He said: “I shouldn’t apologise, but I do apologise for the fact the United States, the last administration, pulled out of the Paris Accords and put us sort of behind the eight ball a little bit.”
Biden has frequently criticised the past administration’s approach to climate, but had not previously delivered a public apology to the world.
Biden re-entered the agreement in one of his first official acts in office on January 20.