EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt punted hard on Friday after a journalist asked whether President Donald Trump thinks that climate change exists, and is a “threat” to the country.
Pruitt briefed reporters at the regular White House briefing on the President’s Thursday decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accords. He then took questions, and called on ABC News reporter Mary Bruce.
“Just hoping you can clear this up once and for all: yes or no, does the President believe that climate change is real, and a threat to the United States?” Bruce asked.
The EPA official answered by underling that “the discussions we had, through the last several weeks, have been focused on one singular issue: is Paris good or not for this country? That’s the discussions I’ve had with the President. So that’s been my focus.”
Pruitt continued by asserting that “the focus remained on whether Paris put us at a disadvantage; and, in fact, it did. It put us at an economic disadvantage.”
The EPA head also emphasized that “it was a failed deal to begin with. And even if all targets were met…it only reduced the temperature by less than two-tenths of one degree.”
Earlier in the day, during an interview on ABC, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway also evaded answering questions on whether the President believes in climate change.
Gary Cohn, who advises Mr. Trump on economic matters, did something similar during an interview on the Thursday edition of CNN’s The Situation Room.
Trump’s economic adviser Gary Cohn won’t answer whether or not Trump thinks climate change is a hoax https://t.co/WvsHNPmySS
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