Billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump ridiculed President Obama for his emphasis on climate change, calling his remarks on the subject “one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard in the history of politics as I know it.”
Trump referred specifically to Obama’s remark that there is no greater threat to future generation than climate change.
“When we have large groups of people that want to blow up every one of our cities, that want destroy our country, that kill our people, and he’s worried about global warming. I think it’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen,” Trump said in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today.
Trump called Obama “naive” for saying that the summit in Paris would send a strong message to terrorists and mocked him and other environmentalists for changing the preferred term from “global warming” to “climate change.”
“They have so many new terms because the old ones don’t work anymore,” he said.
When asked about his position on climate change, Trump said that he appreciated some environmental efforts and touted awards he was given as a businessman on the issue.
“We want to have clean air to breathe and we want to have beautiful clean water,” he said.
He also pointed out that countries like China continue to burn coal and pollute the planet, while liberals wanted the United States to voluntarily cripple its economy.
“If you’re talking about global warming or climate change, you have to make the whole world behave,” he said. “You can’t just say we’re going to behave and make become noncompetitive, because we’re behaving.”