On one level, this shouldn't be surprising.
How can @realDonaldTrump still think climate change is a "hoax"? On Wednesday, Trump questioned the existence of global warming by citing the Arctic blast chilling the Northeast U.S. In 2014, he penned this tweet: "It's late in July and it is really cold outside in NY".
The president's reaction has made it tougher for already-reluctant Republicans to embrace a dramatic response to global warming.
"How many wake-up calls do we need?" I believe there's change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again'.
The president was responding to a stunning report released by his administration Friday that said climate change will cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, damaging everything from human health to infrastructure and agricultural production. Thank you in advance for helping us keep our comments on topic, civil, respectful, family-friendly, and fact-based. Trump has argued that "raking" forests would mitigate wildfire risk, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has backed up the president's assertions, claiming that poor forest management was the real risk - not climate change.
The report avoids proposing policy changes. It also details how people's health and different parts of the economy are being hurt. It could be warming and it's going to start to cool at some point...
But if the Trump White House thought releasing a major climate report in the midst of a hectic holiday weekend would bury its findings, headlines and news programs show that strategy appears to have failed.
It's important to note here: This is not a partisan document.
His administration, at the same time, is rolling back an array of government regulations meant to pare carbon dioxide emissions that result from burning fossil fuels and drive climate change.
White House Says Dire Climate Report Based on 'Extreme Scenario'
On Wednesday amid plunging temperatures on the East Coast, he wondered in a tweet: "Whatever happened to global warming?" He has also rolled back Obama-era environmental and climate protections to boost production of domestic fossil fuels.
He said it makes no sense for the United States to take drastic steps to combat climate change when other countries, such as China and Japan, have not done so.
Unfortunately, Trump's willingness to ignore the conclusions of experts because it doesn't jibe with what he wants the truth to be isn't isolated to just the climate.
In the Middle East, there has been blood because the White House has thrown all-in behind the murderous Saudi Arabia regime of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, or MBS - even after the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that MBS ordered his goons to murder and dismember an American resident, Jamal Khashoggi, who was a columnist for the Washington Post. In Trump's conception, the U.S. signs on to pledges to reduce its carbon footprint and the like and sticks to it while other competitor countries break the rules and force America to fight on the economic world stage with one hand tied behind its back.
"But if we're clean, but every other place on earth is dirty, that's not so good".
"Right now, we're at the cleanest we've ever been and it's very important to me", Trump said.
According to CNN, the report that President Trump does not believe was released on Black Friday last week when the country was paying absolutely zero attention to politics.
Concern about climate change and global warming has gone up in the last few years - from 33% who said they worry a great deal about it in March 2013 to 43% who say the same now, according to Gallup.
The President's views on man-made climate change has been rather consistent prior to and throughout his tenure. The report's release surprised even its authors and came shortly after Trump inaccurately tweeted that cold weather on a single day disproves the theory of climate change.
On Monday, Trump told reporters that he had read "some" of the report.