President Donald Trump made it unquestionably clear in the past that he didn’t believe in climate change.
But as he pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement Wednesday, officials wanted to do anything but discuss the president’s current views on the issue.
Trump tweeted in 2012 that the idea of global warming was invented by the Chinese, and called it “bullshit” in 2014.
Asked about Trump’s climate views on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he hadn’t discussed the matter with the president. On Friday, Spicer again said he hadn’t had a chance to talk to Trump about it.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has also repeatedly played down climate change. Asked Thursday about the president’s views on climate change, Pruitt said the agreement had nothing to do with climate change. He again avoided the question on Friday.
There is widespread scientific consensus that climate change is real and human beings contribute to it. In April, the EPA removed pages on its website dealing with climate change.
Neither Hillary Clinton nor Trump were asked about climate change during three presidential debates last year.
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