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Awkward: Watch as Florida lawmaker mocks Rick Scott official for refusing to say ‘climate change’

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A smiling Florida state senator mocked a state official after attempting to get him the say “climate change,” a term reportedly banned by Gov. Rick Scott.

Appearing before a Senate budget subcommittee, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management Bryan Koon spoke at length of the need for funds to warn residents in advance of floods, tornadoes and hurricanes in Florida, reports the Miami Herald.

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Following some back and forth between Koon and State Senator Jeff Clemens (D), Clemens asked Koon if it is true that states need to have “climate change plans” to qualify for that federal money.

Koon agreed, saying it required “language to that effect.”

“I used ‘climate change,'” Clemens replied, “but I’m suggesting that maybe as a state, we use the term ‘atmospheric reemployment.’ That might be something that the governor could get behind.”

As fellow senators and spectators laughed, Clemens and Koon continued on, with Koon once again avoiding saying “climate change”, stating the state’s mitigation plan required “language discussing that issue.”

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“What issue is that?” Clemens asked.

“The issue you mentioned earlier,” Koon replied as the senate panel broke into laughter at his obvious discomfort.

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WATCH: Barbara McQuade explains how she jailed mayor of Detroit — for same thing Trump did

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On Thursday, it was revealed that a whistleblower in the intelligence community has submitted a complaint about President Donald Trump's conduct with a foreign leader.

There was widespread speculation Friday on the nature of the complaint, but experts suspect it has to do with the president trying to extract opposition research on Joe Biden from the president of Ukraine. Recently, Trump's lawyer and friend Rudy Giulani traveled to the country to unearth dirt on Biden's son.

And experts are concerned that Trump promised the foreign leader a better relationship with the U.S. in exchange.

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WATCH: Megan McCain stalks off stage after confrontation with Ana Navarro

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On Friday's episode of the view, host Megan McCain clashed with guest host Ana Navarro. The two women were discussing the latest scandal to engulf the Trump presidency, an anonymous whistleblower complaint from the intelligence community that suggests Trump may have made troubling promises to a foreign leader, widely believed to be the president of Ukraine.

McCain said she didn't appreciate “people on the left” defending Assange for publishing secret documents.

“Excuse me, maybe I was clumsy in the way that I said it,” McCain said, as the women began talking over each other.

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CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’

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CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.

The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."

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