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Bob Geldof: ‘Vulgar fool’ Trump has ignited a wave of climate-change activism

  • Live Aid benefit concerts organizer Bob Geldof labels President Trump "a vulgar fool."
  • Geldof says the president's stance on climate change has encourage several U.S. states to do more to address the issue

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate deal has "ignited" widespread environmental activism, Bob Geldof said Wednesday.

The Live Aid benefit concerts organizer labeled Trump "a vulgar fool" and said Trump's stance on climate change has encouraged several U.S. states to do more to address the issue.

Geldof, who is known for his political activism, has previously called Trump a "racist" and a "liar."

In an interview Wednesday, the 65-year-old Irish singer-songwriter told CNBC: "What's interesting is that, parallel with the withdrawal from the Paris agreement is that the states and the cities have suddenly ramped up their acknowledgement of the problem, and started implementing far greater regulations than were actually asked for by the Paris agreement."

Geldof said Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement had "ignited the issue for the young."

"They weren't really captured by the existential threat of climate change," he said. "But the reality of an oppositional position to the president that they didn't want, that excited them and so you get a lot of activism now. So bizarrely, the very thing that Trump was denying was immediately accepted because he was denying it."

The White House did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

Trump announced his decision in July, sparking an international backlash. A report this month suggested the president may soften his position, although this was swiftly denied by his administration.