Days after a United States government report concluded that climate change will likely result in the country’s economy shrinking by a whopping 10 percent, President Donald Trump disputed the findings of his own administration.
The report—whose conclusions were found by the 13 federal agencies comprising the US Global Change Research Program—was due for release in December, but was instead released the day after Thanksgiving in what many believe was an effort to lessen the report’s impact.
The findings contradict the many efforts of the President to minimize the issue, stating:
“With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century — more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many U.S. states.”
While many leaders would begin taking steps to avoid this outcome, Donald Trump rooted his feet firmly in denial before deploying his oft-used tactic of shifting the blame:
“I don’t believe it…Right now we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been and it’s very important to me. But if we’re clean but every other place on earth is dirty, that’s not so good. So I want clean air and clean water. Very important.”
Watch the cringe-worthy video below.
BREAKING: "I don't believe it."
President Trump passively rejects the findings of the major new US government multi-agency report that says climate change will wallop the US economy in years to come. https://t.co/ImcZSeAowf pic.twitter.com/hcUnY8Jdui
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 26, 2018
While Trump has often decried scientists’ findings on climate change—even regarding it as a Chinese hoax—some Americans were still flabbergasted that he won’t trust even his own administration’s findings.
It's his Government. His administration. He doesn't believe anything unless it's on Fox.
What a joke
— John Goodwin (@okyoudoknowJack) November 26, 2018
What would it take to make him understand?????
— IseeU (@AFEriksen) November 26, 2018
13 government agencies, over 1,000 highly qualified experts, and Donnie Ding Dong doesn’t believe it 🤡#WorstPresidentEver
— Smessa (@smessatilly) November 26, 2018
Many doubted he’d even read the report.
It would have to be written in crayon with lots of pictures for him to even have read it
— Jason Miller (@Jasonmiller321) November 26, 2018
He read the title.
— Jill Baker (@JBakerMarketing) November 26, 2018
I don't believe he read it. Or that he can read.
— Food-o-Graphics (@Food_o_Graphics) November 26, 2018
Follow up and ask him which part he doesn’t believe. Quickly expose him for lying that he even read any of it.
— Louie (@Louie_Rock) November 26, 2018
His reactions around the time of the report’s release could have been enough to predict this answer however.