Does Trump believe in climate change or not? Aides won't say
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 2:56
USA ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley appeared today on CBS' "Face the Nation," telling moderator John Dickerson that Donald Trump "believes the climate is changing, and he believes pollutants are a part of that equation".
"President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that equation", the ambassador responded.
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. "So that is the fact".
Her statements to CNN and CBS came after several administration officials on Friday said they either did not know what Trump's stance is or that they had not spoken with him.
Mr. Trump said Thursday that the USA would immediately "cease all implementation" of the non-binding Paris climate accord, citing the "draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country".
As Buzzfeed points out, Trump's said in the past that we shouldn't trust what his aides tell us.
The vast majority of scientists believe global warming is mainly the result of human activities, including power generation, transportation, agriculture and industry. "I can get back to you".
On Friday, nobody at the White House was able to say whether Trump believed in climate change.
"Just because the United States got out of a club doesn't mean we aren't going to care about the environment", she said. The president has said flat out that climate change is "nonexistent" but also at different times hedged his answer, and said there could be some connection to human activity.
Haley told CNN that Trump will always have America's best interests at heart, including what he does in regard to protecting the environment.
However, the organization "too often" ignores "the victims of the world's most egregious human rights violations", said Haley. "But we'll do it under our own terms".