It's well-documented that President Donald Trump doesn't like to read. Also well-documented is Trump's skepticism (and occasional outright denial) of the existence of climate change.
Those two traits converged today during a press conference where Trump announced plans for his administration to make it easier for infrastructure projects like pipelines to avoid environmental scrutiny.
When asked if he still believed climate change was a hoax, Trump responded by bragging about a book that called him an environmentalist:
"Nothing's a hoax. Nothing's a hoax about that. It's a very serious subject. I want clean air. I want clean water. I want the cleanest air, I want the cleanest water," Trump said. "The environment is very important to me. Someone wrote a book that I'm an environmentalist ... I'd like to get it. I have it in the other office. I'll bring it to my next news conference perhaps."
Watch it below:
Seriously what is going on??? Watch Trump’s head and facial movements and listen to what he says about the environm… https://t.co/0paEoFEbTx— Mystery Solvent (@Mystery Solvent) 1578590807.0
The White House later elaborated on what that book is.
It's called Donald J. Trump: An Environmental Hero, a self-published book by one of Trump's former environmental advisors.
Trump just said he thinks the environment is important and as proof he said he was reading a book about it which th… https://t.co/ng9dvYNiyt— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum) 1578682558.0
A hallmark of Trump's legislation has been rolling back regulations on manufacturing and infrastructure designed to slow the impact of climate change. He also withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, a landmark international pledge to counteract the global effects of the climate crisis.
But, sure, Russo's book seems legit.
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Someone needs to write "Donald J. Trump - A resignation" and maybe we can trick him into stepping down. https://t.co/XKRMhHVYvU— Carlos Murillo (@Carlos Murillo) 1578689658.0
Like his aides have said... if it doesn't have his name in it, he can't get through a paragraph. https://t.co/wox2YEMims— RationalLeft (@RationalLeft) 1578690399.0
People couldn't believe it was real.
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It's like we're living in an Onion article. But not nearly as funny. https://t.co/uKErVd0XS1— I.M. Fletcher (@I.M. Fletcher) 1578682614.0
Whatever it takes to keep the emperor from realizing he has no clothes.