Following President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the White House and his administration have been peppered with questions about whether the president believes that climate change is real. And they’ve all avoided answering reporters. This, of course, all stems from Trump multiple past statements where he’s called man-made climate change a “hoax.”
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that will be aired in full tomorrow on State of the Union, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley finally provided an answer regarding the president’s thoughts on the issue. Well, sort of.
After an exchange over the justification for leaving the accord, Tapper wanted to know if Haley was “willing to acknowledge that calling climate change a Chinese hoax is just a big box of crazy,” referencing a 2012 tweet by Trump.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
“President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that equation,” the ambassador responded. “That is the fact. That is where we are. That’s where it stands.”
She continued, “He knows that it’s changing. He knows that the US has to be responsible with it and that’s what we’re going do. Just because we got out of a club doesn’t mean that we don’t care about the environment.”
So, there you go. Trump knows that the climate is changing, pollutants are part of the reason it is changing, and that’s where we are. Hope everyone is clear on that.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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