Donald Trump has a history of ridiculing the notion of human-caused climate change and lambasting those who believe it, including the 97% of scientists studying the issue. On Thursday morning while speaking on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” he added some choice words to his growing catalog of misleading statements on the issue.
After a long Republican debate the night before, during which climate change made only the briefest appearance, Trump was asked to comment on how serious he takes global warming and what he thinks the United States ought to be doing about it. His response:
Yeah, I consider climate change to be not one of our big problems. I consider it to be not a big problem at all. I think it’s weather. I think it’s weather changes. It could be some man-made something, but you know, if you look at China, they’re doing nothing about it. Other countries, they’re doing nothing about it. It’s a big planet.
He went on to say that he thinks the bigger issue is "nuclear climate change," saying "that's what our climate change is, and that's our problem."
He also added something about Putin "doing it" for his own economic advantage "if he is actually in favor of climate change."
Who knew climate change was a yay or nay question?