Ted Cruz Called a Harvard Chair’s Views on the Paris Withdrawal ‘Sad.’ She Fired Back.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, dashed off a fiery response to a tweet on Thursday by the chair of Harvard University’s American-studies program, Joyce Chaplin, who wrote that the United States — created by the international community through the Peace of Paris, in 1783 — was betraying the very same community by backing out of the Paris climate agreement.

The 1783 treaty between the United States and Britain as well as treaties signed between Britain and France, Spain, and the Dutch Republic were responsible for ending the American Revolutionary War. Known collectively as the Peace of Paris, the treaties in part delineated the territories owned by each nation.

When Ms. Chaplin responded to Mr. Cruz by stating that international recognition was needed to achieve national statehood, the senator retorted by calling the professor one of his alma mater’s “lefty academics.”

Ms. Chaplin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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