CNN’s Chris Cuomo grilled Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci on his position on climate change Wednesday morning — and he came away stunned by the lengths he went to deny it’s a real phenomenon.
When Cuomo confronted Scaramucci with a simple fact that there’s an overwhelming consensus about the causes of climate change within the scientific community, Scaramucci suggested that they could all be wrong by noting that “scientists” once refused to believe that the Earth was round.
“Look, I know the current president believes that the human beings are affecting the climate,” said Scaramucci. “There are scientists that believe that that’s not happening.”
Cuomo wasn’t letting him off the hook, however.
“The overwhelming consensus is that man’s actions have an impact on science,” he explained, just before Scaramucci dropped a dumbfounding reply.
“Chris, there was an overwhelming science that the earth was flat,” the Trump adviser said, despite the fact that beliefs in a flat Earth were anything but “scientific.” “We were the center of the world. 100%. You know, we did a lot of things wrong in the scientific community. You and I both know that. I’m not suggesting that we’re affecting the change. I honestly don’t know, I’m not a scientist.”
Cuomo once again pointed out that the available data shows that climate change is a real danger, but Scaramucci told him to calm down because Trump met with actor Leonardo DiCaprio to talk about it.
“I just told you that we met with Leo DiCaprio last week, and we met with Vice President Al Gore,” he said. “As you just mentioned, Ivanka is working on this issue. The president-elect is a very common sense oriented guy and basically what he said is if we reduce carbon emissions, the air is going to get cleaner.”
Watch the whole segment below.
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Another South Dakota Republican, Brock Greenfield, is also under investigation for his conduct during the meeting.
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Andreas Geisel, the interior minister for Berlin state, said that the American seizure of masks that were set to go to Germany was "an act of modern piracy" and warned that continuing to take such actions could create chaos across the globe.
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"Everyone is in this together, whether you like it or not," said the veteran civil rights campaigner, who first shot to fame with The Staples Singers.
"It doesn't matter how much money you have, what race or sex you are... it can still touch you. It's hit so many people in our country and around the world in such a horrible way and I just hope this song can bring a little light to the darkness."