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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A big box of crazy': Trump aides struggle under climate change questioning

A big box of crazy

Three days after Donald Trump announced that the US would pull out of the Paris climate accord, senior members of his administration could not present a united front in response to questions about the president’s beliefs on climate change.

Trump has repeatedly called climate change a hoax, tweeting in 2012that it was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive”.

UN ambassador Nikki Haley said in interviews broadcast Sunday that Trump “believes the climate is changing”, partly because of pollution. But Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), passed up five chances to say whether Trump subscribed to such mainstream scientific belief.

Asked by State of the Union host Jake Tapper if saying the Chinese invented climate change to achieve an economic advantage was “a big box of crazy”, Haley said: “President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that equation. So that is the fact. That is where we are. That’s where it stands.

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