Fox News’ Chris Wallace and Shep Smith were both confused why no one in President Donald Trump’s cabinet or White House seems to know what the official position is on climate change.
For years, Republicans have denied the existence of climate change while various branches of the government from the military down to local municipal governments have been preparing for the inevitable.
“Do we know his position on this matter,” Smith asked.
“No,” Wallace replied flatly. “And it’s kind of astonishing. The EPA administrator, the man in charge of the environment for President Trump and he says ‘I don’t know what he thinks.’ You have the White House press secretary, ‘I don’t know what he thinks.’ Interestingly enough, and this seems to be the avenue to follow up with Scott Pruitt… he did say that they would continue to reduce carbon emissions just not to the Paris Climate Accord.”
Wallace went on to explain that the only reason the White House would want to reduce carbon admissions would be because they believe it is causing global climate change.
Smith recalled Trump’s economic reasoning behind the Accord and wondered if Pruitt or the White House had any further information with facts and figures because economists and experts dispute the claims that the Paris Accord would be an economic disaster.
Wallace cited some studies that have indicated that by 2040 there might be a loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector. However, Wallace noted that those numbers don’t take into account the increase in jobs in the green energy sector.
Watch the full discussion below:
WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons
Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.
The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.
Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.
Trump is enacting the presidency ‘George Wallace never had’: Conservative columnist
On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot tore into President Donald Trump's legacy on race.
"We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man. It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the National Guard had to be called in to deal with looting and fires," wrote Boot. "Obama expressed sympathy for the protesters — their anger, he noted, was 'rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time' — while making clear that he had no sympathy with violence: 'Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.'"
White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter
On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders.
The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. Earlier in the evening, a protester scaled the wall of a federal building and spray-painted an obscene anti-Trump message above a window.
The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum