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    Lawmaker of the council of the Swedish city of Kalmar Roland Pettersson, from the biggest Swedish Social Democratic Party, resigned Monday after calls for shooting US President Donald Trump, saying that his statement was "idiotic," local media reported.

    STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Pettersson said via his Facebook page that Trump exceeded his worst expectations, asking if someone could shoot the US president.

    "I’m leaving my post immediately. I do not want to be a burden to the party. I took this decision myself and addressed a letter to the party," Pettersson told the SVT broadcaster.

    The position of the US president on climate change and environment prompted the call for shooting of Trump, the former lawmaker stressed, saying that his action was "an idiotic thing to do."

    According to the White House, Trump is committed to eliminating former President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, as well as the Waters of the US rule transferring certain rivers and lakes under the protection of the Environmental Protection Agency.

    During his election campaign, Trump repeatedly criticized warnings about global warming, saying it was a "hoax," and speculated about ending US participation in the Paris climate deal on carbon emissions.


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