WASHINGTON – Short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Americans would be “surprised” by President Trump’s true view on climate change science, despite tweeting dismissive comments about global warming.
“I think you guys should ask him directly if he’s a climate change denier or not,” “I think you will find you will be surprised by that answer.”
Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, infuriated scientists by conflating cold weather with climate change in a tweet Thursday on the chilly New Year’s temps.
“Perhaps we could use a little bit of good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against,” “Bundle up!”
Scaramucci said the president’s tweet was directed at defending his policy move to pull out of the Paris climate deal.
Asked whether Trump agrees with scientists that climate change is a real, manmade problem, Scaramucci demurred.
“I’m not going to answer that for him. But, more specifically, I think what he’s really saying in that tweet is that that deal, the Paris accord, there was something wrong in that deal as it related to the United States,” Scaramucci said,
noting he talked to the president “last Monday.”
Trump announced June 1 , believing the Paris accord imposed an undue financial and economic burden on the United States.
“My prediction is, is that some time at the end of 2018, people will look back at him and say, wow, he had a lot of common sense by getting out of that climate accord,” Scaramucci said.
The New York financier quipped that his explosive 11-day tenure at the White House left a mark on America.
“They are calling my period in the White House a Mooch. It was 11 days. … I became a verb.”
Aside from learning to avoid a profanity-laced tirade to reporters, the Mooch said he realized in the White House his so-called friends wouldn’t protect him because they were “intoxicated by power.”
“I was actually hired, in my opinion, to help fire and uncover leakers and to remove people that were bad actors from the White House,” Scaramucci said. “Unfortunately, we learn in Washington, the minute you are hired as a hatchet person, the knives get very, very long, and you get taken out as well.
Scaramucci said he left a mark by making on-camera press briefings the norm because it’s important for the media to check people in power.
“I think we have to be very, very cautious with people that we give power to, because they can run amok and they can get overzealous with it,” he said.