Donald Trump says East could use some 'global warming' this weekend

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Mary Jude Smith cheers for President Donald Trump as his motorcade passes by on Southern Blvd. enroute to his Mar-a-Lago estate from Trump International Golf Club, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Greg Lovett/Palm Beach Post via AP)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says the East Coast “could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming” as bitterly cold temperatures are expected to freeze large swaths of the country this holiday weekend.

Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday, “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record.” He added: “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”

The president did not acknowledge the difference between the weather and the climate. Weather refers to the atmospheric conditions during a shorter period, while climate is a longer view of weather patterns.

Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about climate change science, calling global warming a “hoax” created by the Chinese to damage American industry.

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He announced earlier this year his intention to pull out of the landmark Paris climate agreement aimed at curbing greenhouse gas production. The accord set goals for slowing the rate of climate change by reducing the emissions that contribute to melting Arctic ice, increasing sea levels and changing weather patterns across the globe.

The U.N.’s weather and climate agency said last month that 2017 was on track to become the hottest year on record aside from those impacted by the El Niño phenomenon, which can contribute to higher temperatures.

Last year set a record for Earth’s average global temperature.

In an impromptu interview with The New York Times Thursday at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said he thinks special counsel Robert Mueller is “going to be fair” with respect to Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election last year and alleged ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

Trump said “everybody knows” his people did not collude with Russians, insisting the “real stories” involve Democrats and their relationship with Russians during the campaign. Trump also told the Times he wasn’t worried about the uncertainty concerning when the Mueller investigation might be concluded.

Of the Mueller probe, he said it makes America “look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position.”

“So the sooner it’s worked out, the better it is for the country.”

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  • FrankE

    Trump has demonstrated his true intelligence level. His little climate change joke highlights his true ignorance. He is so encapsulated in his little world of money making, that he fails to see the dangers that are readily obvious at this time. Almost every day we are seeing minor fluctuations in ocean temperatures and that will have dire effects on the overall weather pattern. I suppose he won’t notice until he’s standing knee deep in sea water on the fourth hole at his West Palm Beach golf resort.
    This is who’s in charge of our country folks, you have every right to be scared to death…….

  • jay cavin

    History will remember global warming as a weird cult fueled by the taxpayers – paris treaty just pads the pockets of African despots – MAGA

    • FrankE

      We” ll remember global warming as a weird cult along with the long ago memory of the Gulf of Maine as being a great lobster fishing industry, not to mention shrimp. Seems they are moving elsewhere. Must be due to the fear of taxpayers.