MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough interrupted an interview with EPA chief Scott Pruitt until he would answer whether President Donald Trump still believed climate change was a Chinese hoax.
Trump tweeted in November 2012 that “global warming” was schemed by the Chinese to harm U.S. manufacturing capabilities, and the “Morning Joe” host wanted to know whether that belief shaped the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
“It’s a simple question. Mr. Pruitt, it’s a simple question,” Scarborough said. “Have you ever talked to the president about whether he believes climate change is real? Does he still believe it was a hoax launched in china?”
Pruitt dismissed the question as unimportant, and said Trump made environmental decisions that “put America’s interests first.”
“I understand that, and I agree with that,” Scarborough said. “I agree with that (but) we’re just trying to get an answer from you. I agree, we should always put America first, (but) I disagree with getting out of Paris because it’s voluntary. The goals set were voluntary. But I just want — it’s important for Americans to know — it’s important for Americans to know whether their president believes that global warming was hatched as a conspiracy theory in China. Doesn’t that matter to you?”
Pruitt said the Paris agreement would require the agency he oversees to impose new regulations on energy production, which he said would hurt American industry — but Scarborough cut him off.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry — I’ve got to stop,” Scarborough said. “I want to stop it. This interview has to stop in its tracks until I just get a yes (or) no answer from you on whether you believe it’s important that Americans find out whether their president believes that climate change is a conspiracy theory based out of China.”
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"Republicans and Democrats who have served in the Justice Department for the past 12 presidents are today calling for William Barr's resignation as our country's attorney general," Wallace reported.
Wallace read from an open letter signed by 2,000 former federal prosecutors and DOJ officials.
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect the earth.
“I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change,” Bezos said in the post.
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In what was possibly a hint to remind people of his legacy this Monday, former President Barack Obama gave a shout out to the anniversary of his signing of the 2009 economic stimulus package.
“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history,” Obama tweeted with a photo of his signature on the bill.