George Stephanopoulos pressed Kellyanne Conway three times on whether President Donald Trump believes in global warming, with the White House counselor evading each time.
Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America, Stephanopoulos asked Conway about Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, a non-binding agreement uniting most countries of the world in an effort to reduce emissions.
Stephanopoulos’ last question in his interview with the famously slippery Conway was a simple one: “does the president still believe global warming is a hoax?”
Trump claimed a number of times during his election campaign that climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese.
Conway evaded, saying “the president believes in a clean environment, clean air, clean water, he’s received awards as a business man in that regard.”
“And he made very clear yesterday what he doesn’t believe,” Conway continued, “that the US government should stay in an agreement that gives us too much of the financial burden, too much risk to these industries where the coal miners, people who work in cement and paper, people he looked in the eye in place after place and city after city, while he was running for —”
That’s when Stephanopoulos cut her off, again asking “does he believe that global warming is a hoax?”
“He believes in a clean air, clean water, a clean environment, and he believes that we have to negotiate better deals for this country,” she responded, “and that there’s a balance between environmental protection and economic growth.”
“One more time,” Stephanopoulos said, “does he believe that global warming is a hoax?”
“You should ask him that,” the surrogate said.
Trump surrogates have struggled since the announcement to withdraw from the Paris accord to answer the simple question of whether the president still believes climate change is a hoax: EPA Director Scott Pruitt gave a similarly spectacular display of evasion in his Thursday interview with Jake Tapper. Chief economist Gary Cohn dodged Wolf Blitzer’s questioning on the president’s beliefs, before whipping out a Conway-ism: “you’re going to have to ask [Trump].”
Watch Conway above, via ABC.
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