Moments after President Donald Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, EPA Director Scott Pruitt defended the controversial move in a testy confrontation with Jake Tapper on CNN.
Tapper listed a number of the supporters of the Paris accord who believe the deal had economic benefits; various leaders of big oil companies, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and former ExxonMobil CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
“They don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to creating jobs in this country?!” Tapper asked, incredulously.
“I think that it’s very speculative that those jobs would be impacted adversely,” Pruitt said. “But what we do know objectively, is that lost manufacturing jobs, lost energy jobs in this country, there were happening under the climate action agenda of the past administration. That’s a fact.
Tapper wasn’t satisfied with Pruitt’s response.
“I’m sorry. With respect, sir, you didn’t answer my question,” Tapper said.
“Sure I did,” Pruitt fired back.
The two went back-and-forth for a bit on how Trump might look to improve the deal. Pruitt also failed to answer directly a question about whether Trump believes climate change is a hoax.
Towards the end of the interview, Tapper thanked Pruitt with impossible-to-miss frustration.
“I do appreciate your time, and I do appreciate your taking these questions,” Tapper said.
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